Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-Pcol-00002948
Title: The association of body mass index and dental caries in children
Category: Pharmacology
Section: Research Article
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    Overwhelming data from the past 20 years have been suggesting an association between body mass index (BMI) and dental caries in children. These trends have been documented globally and are not restricted to developed or developing nations. Rapid modifications in dietary habits and lifestyle changes have played major contributory roles to two ends of the dietary spectrum with individuals being affected by malnutrition and obesity as balanced diets are gradually replaced by food that is more easily available and commercially accessible. The two disorders, in turn, are responsible for and are adjunctive factors in propagating systemic diseases such as cardiovascular disorders. This growing epidemic must be identified at the earliest to prevent accelerating morbidity and mortality rates in childhood and later as they grow into adults. Among all forms of the disease, dental caries remains the most prevalent form of the disease among all age groups. Considering that dental caries can be prevented with adequate oral hygiene measures, it is alarming to note that established carious tooth lesions begin as early as 2 years of age and further escalate during childhood. Children who belong to socially disadvantaged and lower-income families are also at a greater disadvantage as they lack the means to prevent, diagnose and treat dental caries and its sequelae. As consequences of irregularities in the BMI and dental caries further worsen, the role of mandatory oral and health policies must be implemented to cater to all age groups and more specifically among all social classes.

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    R. Sai Pavithra, Caroline Jacob*

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    Department of Periodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: Caroline Jacob, Department of Periodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, -162, Poonamallee High Road, Chennai - 600077, Tamil Nadu, India

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    Author:

    R. Sai Pavithra, Caroline Jacob*

    Title:The association of body mass index and dental caries in children
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):10 (December)
    Year:2018
    Page No: (3684-3688)
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    Methodology:body mass index and dental caries
    Research Materials:Childhood obesity

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Childhood obesity Dental caries Diet Nutrition Oral health

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