While there's been a lot discussion about how maintaining oral health is important for a person's overall health, it's important to remember that isn't just about adults - but children as well. According to James Bramson, D.D.S, lack of proper dental care as a child can cause gum disease that can follow a young person into adulthood.
Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood illness in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Half of all children between the ages of 12 and 15 are affected by tooth decay, as is more than a fourth of kids between 2 and 5.
Furthermore, there may be a connection between America's childhood obesity problems and tooth decay. Researchers at the University of Buffalo examined 65 children between 2 and 5 who had cavities, and found that 28 percent of them had a body mass index number that put them in the overweight or obese range.
"These findings have important implications for dentists as they can help patients understand the association between good nutrition and good oral health," said Bramson.
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