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The Link Between Oral Health, Nutrition & Childhood Obesity. Aguida C. Atkinson, M.D. Nemours Pediatrics Email: [email protected] September 23, 2009. Is there a relationship between childhood obesity & dental caries?. Center for Disease Control & Prevention, 2007

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the link between oral health nutrition childhood obesity

The Link Between Oral Health, Nutrition & Childhood Obesity

Aguida C. Atkinson, M.D.

Nemours Pediatrics

Email: [email protected]

September 23, 2009

prevalence dental caries
Prevalence Dental Caries

Center for Disease Control & Prevention,

most prevalent infectious disease in u s children
Most prevalent infectious disease in U.S. children

“Streptococci Mutans”

The Cavity Creator

I’m gonna get you! Give me that sugar!

vulnerable tooth lack of flouride protection
vulnerable toothlack of flouride protection

streptococci mutans

poor oral hygiene

poor nutrition habits


research suggests
Research suggests…

“Neither obesity increases risk of caries nor caries increases the risk for obesity, but rather a common risk factor increased the likelihood of both diseases”

Marshall, et al*

*as seen in Hong, 2008

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