Untreated severe dental decay: a neglected determinant of low Body Mass Index in 12-year old Filipino children

January 2011
BMC Public Health;2011, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p558
Academic Journal
The article presents a study investigating the relationship between dental decay and low Body Mass Index (BMI), 2 highly prevalent conditions among 12-year-old Filipino children. The study found a significant association between caries and BMI and particularly between odontogenic infections and below normal BMI. The study also showed that progressed forms of dental decay is a significant, yet largely neglected determinant of poor child development.


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