The link between being overweight and having tooth cavities in children has been disproved, according to a new dental health study.
Overweight children have been found to have fewer instances of dental decay than children of normal weight, a study of nearly 18,000 young people suggests.
Traditional thinking has linked being fat to having more cavities but the study at the Eastman Dental Center (part of the University of Rochester Medical Center), the findings of which are published in Community Dentistry & Oral Epidemiology, has overturned this assumption.
Eastman Dental Center's Dorota Kopycka-Kedzierawski, lead author of the report, said: "We expected to find more oral disease in overweight children of all ages, given the similar causal factors that are generally associated with obesity and caries."
She suggested that more research into diet and lifestyle was needed to understand the implications of the findings.
A recent University of California study found that Latino children are more likely to develop caries than those from different ethnic backgrounds.
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