Overweight children have more tooth decay

The latest numbers are alarming. 10 to 12 percent of German children and adolescents are overweight, of which 6 percent are even considered to be pathologically obese. Scientists assume that 85 percent of those affected are also in adulthood with obesity. The extra pounds in the long term have health consequences such as motor coordination disorders, diabetes, or cardiovascular disease. Researchers from Mainz now showed a connection between the oral health and the body mass index of primary school children: Children who are already overweight at primary school age, have more caries than children with normal weight.

The study

The scientists of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz examined the oral health and the frequency of caries in a total of 1942 elementary schoolchildren between the ages of six and ten years. These data compared them to the body mass index, a measure of body weight assessment, of children.

The clear result: Pupils with a low BMI suffered less frequently from caries than children with an increased BMI. Underweight children had the highest proportion of naturally healthy teeth (49.6 percent), while only 36.4 percent of obese children had a caries-free dentition. Normal-weight children had caries-free dentition in 46.9 percent of cases, while overweight children had 39.1 percent of cases.

Remedy causes early

So who wants to have healthy teeth even in adulthood, must pay attention to his weight early. Causes of the rising obesity are the concomitants of the digital age: even the smallest children spend more time in front of the computer or television than in the open air and in motion. Healthy diet has fallen into the background.

Especially big city kids eat too much, too fat, too sweet. Many do not get regular meals on the table. They provide themselves with junk food and sweets. Since it is not enough that in addition to the kilos on the hips and caries in the mouth makes wide.

Healthy nutrition is a educational matter

A rethinking of parents and the conscious use of healthy food is therefore necessary to protect Kinderm√ľnder from tooth decay. In the shopping basket high-fiber, natural wholefoods should take up most space, as well as vegetables and fruits. Mineral water should be preferred to sweetened juices.

The fewer snacks the children eat the better for their oral health. Radical bans on sweets often have the opposite effect; more successful are child-negotiated 'rules of the game' that limit sugar consumption.

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