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Childhood Obesity & Dental Disease: Common Causes, Common Solutions
Feb 01, 2011
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Too many California children suffer from high rates of preventable chronic conditions associated with childhood obesity and dental disease. The state is experiencing a crisis in both areas: 17% of children, ages 2-17, or over 1.6 million children, are overweight or obese; approximately two-thirds, or 6.3 million children, suffer needlessly from poor oral health conditions, such as tooth decay and abscesses, by the time they reach third grade. Fortunately, common factors that contribute to both conditions—including the rates of breastfeeding, access to healthy food and the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages—can be addressed more effectively in order to reduce the prevalence of both childhood obesity and dental disease.