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J Public Health Dent. 2017 Jun 16. doi: 10.1111/jphd.12227. [Epub ahead of print]

Healthy Futures: Engaging the oral health community in childhood obesity prevention - Conference summary and recommendations.

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1
Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA, USA.
2
Santa Fe Group, New York, NY, USA.
3
University of Maryland School of Public Health, College Park, MD, USA.
4
National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA.
5
American Dental Hygienists' Association, Chicago, IL, USA.
6
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Chicago, IL, USA.
7
American Dental Association, Chicago, IL, USA.
8
University of Maryland School of Dentistry, Baltimore, MD, USA.

Abstract

Childhood obesity is a major public health problem. An association between obesity and dental caries, the most prevalent disease of childhood, has been identified. One explanation for the association is that consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and frequent snacking on carbohydrate-rich foods are common risk factors for development of both obesity and caries. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has been at the forefront of national efforts to promote healthy weight in children. As part of these efforts, RWJF sponsored the Healthy Futures: Engaging the Oral Health Community in Childhood Obesity Prevention National Conference, held on November 3-4, 2016, at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. The aim of the conference was to increase awareness of evidence-based recommendations; identify strategies; and promote collaborative efforts that oral health professionals, oral-health-related organizations, and others can employ to prevent childhood obesity. This report summarizes the findings presented at the conference and discusses their implications. The report also reviews recommendations made in the areas of research, education, and policy that resulted from the conference.

KEYWORDS:

children; dental hygiene; evidence-based dentistry; health disparities; health policy; health professions; obesity

PMID:
28621818
DOI:
10.1111/jphd.12227
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