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Beware of those cavities

A new study has found that children aged between two and five with decayed `baby teeth' were more likely to be overweight or at a risk of being overweight and not underweight.

As part of the study, conducted by a team of researchers led by Hiran Perinpanayagam, D.D.S., Ph.D., an endodontist and assistant professor at the University of Buffalo's School of Dental a total of 407 records of children with cavities were reviewed. While prior studies found that children with rampant tooth decay were more likely to be underweight, the new study had shown the contrary to be true.

Dr. Perinpanayagam said that the study was significant because it shows that there may be a connection between a poor diet that causes tooth decay and one that leads to childhood overweight and obesity.

The results of the study showed that very few of the children with cavities were underweight: 8.2 per cent and 7.2 per cent in 2000 and 2005 respectively, while in contrast, 16.5 per cent were at risk of being overweight and 10.6 per cent were overweight in 2000.

In 2005, 10.5 per cent of the children with cavities were nearly overweight and 15.6 per cent were already overweight. (ANI)

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