Extra Weight=Extra Dental Problems
Americans are the most obese citizens of all industrialized nations and reports have indicated that childhood obesity rates have tripled over the last 30-years (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/01/07/eveningnews/main6069163.shtml). As the nation's children grow fatter, their oral health is declining as a result.
Research conducted by the Endocrine Society has found that 28 percent of children with tooth decay also had an excess of body weight. The study analyzed 65 children aged two to five and focused on the the connection between unhealthy body weight and dental health. Children with hearty body mass indexes (BMI) had more dental problems than their slender counterparts.
Ethinicy=Declining Dental Health
America is a great melting pot filled with people of all ethnicity and origin, however those who have routes tracing back to Mexico or African have higher levels of cavities and dental problems. Data collected from 2001-2004 and presented by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that for children aged 2 to 5 year age, 24.2 percent of black children and 29.2 percent of Hispanic children (of Mexican origin) had untreated tooth decay. White children had significantly lower levels measuring at 14.5 percent. A similar balance was also present in adolescents aged 6-19.
A survey conducted by the University of California also backs up those numbers. Around 9,000 individuals of Mexican-American decent participated in the study and the findings showed that kids of Latin decent are more at risk for childhood tooth decay.
Caregivers must intervene in order to curb the growing tooth-decay tragedy facing the nation. Teaching children the proper brushing and flossing techniques, providing them fresh water to drink (as opposed to soft drinks), encouraging physical fitness and eating a balanced diet following the recommended government Nutrition Plate guidelines can go a long way to improving dental health.
Regular dentist visits are also a must as studies have shown that for every $1 spend on preventative dentistry, $8 to $50 is saved in restorative treatments. Caregivers looking for a great family dentist or kid's dentist to start improving the oral health of their children can get the contact information for a great dentist by calling 1-800-DENTIST.