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J Int Soc Prev Community Dent. 2016 May-Jun;6(3):183-8. doi: 10.4103/2231-0762.183112. Epub 2016 May 30.

Are dentists involved in the treatment of obesity?

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1
Department Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Dental School, Aleppo University, Aleppo, Syria, KSA; Department of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Al-Farabi Colleges, KSA.
2
Department of Oral Science, Al-Farabi Colleges, KSA.
3
Department of Oral Medicine, Al-Farabi Colleges, KSA.

Abstract

The morbidity and mortality associated with being overweight or obese have been known to the medical profession to be related with an increased risk of associated diseases. This article provides an overview of obesity and addresses possible strategies for the management of this important public health concern. This narrative review sheds light on the problem of obesity and the necessity of professional oral health care to work in partnership with the medical team for managing obesity. In this regard, general dental practitioners should at least reinforce their knowledge regarding obesity and understand their potential role in the treatment and management of obese patients.

KEYWORDS:

Dentist; jaw wiring; obesity; overweight

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