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Addressing childhood overweight and obesity in the dental office: rationale and practical guidelines.

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Tseng, R; Vann, WF; Perrin, EM
Published in: Pediatr Dent
2010

The prevalence of childhood obesity has increased dramatically in the past 3 decades. The purposes of this paper were to: review health and dental implications; present guidelines for tracking body mass index (BMI) percentiles in children; and discuss reasonable "next steps" to take in communicating with parents and other health professionals. The health implications of childhood obesity warrant early monitoring, diagnosis, and treatment. Trends in visitation patterns of children offer dentists an unusual opportunity and an important role in addressing childhood obesity through regular monitoring of height, weight, and BMI percentiles. Dentists' collaborations with pediatricians, registered dietitians, and parents have the potential to address the detrimental physical and psychosocial effects of childhood obesity. We encourage dentists to determine height, weight, and BMI percentiles for their patients at least annually. They should refer patients with unhealthy weight trajectories to pediatricians or family physicians and consider ancillary referrals to registered dietitians.

Duke Scholars

Published In

Pediatr Dent

ISSN

0164-1263

Publication Date

2010

Volume

32

Issue

5

Start / End Page

417 / 423

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Professional Role
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Overweight
  • Mass Screening
  • Hypertension
  • Humans
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2
  • Dentistry
  • Child, Preschool
 

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Tseng, R., Vann, W. F., & Perrin, E. M. (2010). Addressing childhood overweight and obesity in the dental office: rationale and practical guidelines. Pediatr Dent, 32(5), 417–423.
Tseng, Ray, William F. Vann, and Eliana M. Perrin. “Addressing childhood overweight and obesity in the dental office: rationale and practical guidelines.Pediatr Dent 32, no. 5 (2010): 417–23.
Tseng, Ray, et al. “Addressing childhood overweight and obesity in the dental office: rationale and practical guidelines.Pediatr Dent, vol. 32, no. 5, 2010, pp. 417–23.

Published In

Pediatr Dent

ISSN

0164-1263

Publication Date

2010

Volume

32

Issue

5

Start / End Page

417 / 423

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Professional Role
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Overweight
  • Mass Screening
  • Hypertension
  • Humans
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2
  • Dentistry
  • Child, Preschool