The Columbus Dispatch Speaks to AAPD Spokespeople About Case Western Reserve University Study

January 2, 2013 03:09 PM
A recent study by Case Western Reserve University researchers shows a link between obesity and cavities among children living in poverty. The study found that as those children age, the risk of obesity increases, as do the number of cavities.

According to the newspaper article, "It boils down to lack of access to fresh, healthful foods and to basic dental care. In Columbus, as in other cities, the areas where many people live in poverty "don’t have large grocery stores. They have quick stops," said Dr. Dennis McTigue, professor of pediatric dentistry at Ohio State University and spokesman for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry."Those places tend to sell processed, high-fat and high-carbohydrate food. When accessing healthy food is difficult, families end up eating the high-carb foods that cause obesity and cavities."

Most people consider tooth decay an inconvenience, said Dr. Paul Casamassimo, a pediatric dentist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital specializing in dental care for children living in poverty."But in poor children, it’s like a ‘silent spring.’ These kids’ cavities turn into infections and abscesses. The decay causes failure to thrive. They have poorer behavior compared to peers and live in chronic pain. "This can go on for months before they get care."

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