Action demanded to cut obesity and tooth decay

25 March, 2015 / infocus

Clearer food labelling, close liaison with dieticians, and a co-ordinated and multi-agency approach have been called for in the battle to tackle obesity and dental decay in children.

The call has come from the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry. In a paper published last month, the BSPD highlights the strong links between obesity in young people and tooth decay in permanent teeth.

Professor Damien Walmsley, Scientific Adviser to the British Dental Association, said: “This debate is a welcome reminder of the inherent connection between childhood obesity and poor dental health.”

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