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Obesity: Page 2
Kids' oral microbiota composition may predict obesity
Obese adults and adolescents are thought to have certain gut and oral microbiota variations, but less is known about the corresponding relationships in young children. As part of a larger study on obesity prevention, researchers examined the relationship between these bacteria in toddlers and childhood weight gain.
October 3, 2018
Study: Stronger link between periodontitis and diabetes in men
Are men and women with type 2 diabetes just as likely to have periodontal disease? Periodontitis and type 2 diabetes share a connection, but men and women are diagnosed with them at different rates, so investigators sought to determine whether there was a link.
June 3, 2018
Does bariatric surgery increase caries risk?
Bariatric surgery is a good option for treating obesity in certain patients, but it can cause some gastrointestinal complications and oral problems. Does it increase the risk of developing caries? The authors of a new review looked for answers.
January 23, 2018
Fewer comorbidities seen in surgical sleep apnea patients
Are there differences between obstructive sleep apnea patients who undergo maxillomandibular advancement surgery and those managed medically? A new study found that those treated surgically were younger and had a lower body mass index and significantly lower rates of various comorbidities.
October 17, 2017
Obese kids consume more calories from sugary drinks
Does a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages potentially reduce childhood obesity rates? Before that provocative question can be answered, researchers need to know what impact these beverages have on children's total daily calorie consumption. New research presented at a major obesity conference may provide some answers.
May 22, 2017
Study finds 99% of obese kids have inflamed gums
The vast majority of overweight and obese children show signs of gingivitis, according to a study in
. While the study was relatively small, the authors highlight the need for a multidisciplinary approach to care for children with excess body fat.
November 17, 2016
ADA 2016: 4 steps to screen for childhood obesity -- Part 2
Screening for obesity within the dental practice can help prevent at-risk kids from developing chronic diseases later in life, according to a session on nutrition at the recent 2016 ADA annual meeting. However, the speakers also recognize that weight can be a difficult topic for dental providers to broach. Part two of this series focuses on four steps dental providers can use to screen kids for obesity.
October 25, 2016
ADA 2016: Why dentists should screen kids for obesity -- Part 1
Did you know elementary school-aged kids see their dentist more often than their primary care provider? That's why it's important for dental professionals to screen kids for obesity, according to a well-attended session on nutrition at the recent 2016 ADA annual meeting. Part one of this two-part series focuses on why dental providers can -- and should -- do weight assessments.
October 24, 2016
Insulin resistance is a risk factor for perio disease
People with insulin resistance are more likely to have severe periodontitis than people without insulin resistance, according a new study. The authors found that insulin resistance can be considered a risk factor for periodontal disease, even for people with a normal weight.
September 25, 2016
JADA: Dental team should screen for pediatric obesity
Oral healthcare professionals are uniquely positioned to be part of an interprofessional effort to intervene in the pediatric obesity problem, according to a new paper in the
Journal of the American Dental Association
). Because of their frequent contact with patients, dental professionals can complement and support weight screening and health behaviors, the authors noted.
February 1, 2016
AAP 2014: Obese patients more likely to have periodontitis
SAN FRANCISCO - Patients who are obese or overweight are more likely to have periodontitis, according to a study by U.K. researchers. They presented their findings from a case-control study of nearly 300 patients at the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) annual meeting.
September 22, 2014
Many obese parents don't see their obese kids as unhealthy
A survey of parents of children who had entered an obesity clinic has given doctors a complex problem to solve. Obese parents often do not see their child's obesity as a problem and frequently are not ready to make changes in their kid's physical activity or dietary habits.
July 30, 2014
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