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Overweight kids are at an increased risk for many health problems, but dental cavities aren't one. A study from the Eastman Department of Houston dentistry, University of Rochester found that weight had no effect on rate of cavities in children two to five years old, but in children six to eighteen years old, being overweight was associated with a lower rate of cavities.

The findings surprised the researchers. According to Dorata Kopycka-Kedzierawski, DDS, MPH, the lead author, "We expected to find more oral disease in overweight children of all ages, given the similar causal factors that are generally associated with obesity and caries. Our findings raise more questions than answers. For example, are overweight children eating foods higher in fat rather than cavity-causing sugars? Are their diets similar to normal weight peers but lead more sedentary lifestyles? Research to analyze both diet and lifestyle is needed to better understand the results."

Community Houston dentistry & Oral Epidemiology, 4/08