An increasing number of U.S. children are overweight, but a new study suggests it’s not because they are pigging out on cookies and candy.

Being overweight is linked to a slew of health problems in kids, ranging from type 2 diabietes to sleep apnea to behavioral problems.  But apparently, tooth decay is not one of them.  Overweight children and teens ages 6 through 18 actually had less tooth decay than normal weight kids, according to a study in the April 2008 issue of Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology.  University of Rochester researchers analyzed data from nearly 18,000 kids who participated in a nationwide health and nutrition survey.

The American Dental Association (www.ada.org) has more information about kids’ and teens’ dental health.

For more information about restorative and cosmetic dentistry in the Phoenix and Glendale, Arizona area go to www.DesertSmiles.com.

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