Overweight and obesity are a huge health problem worldwide. Year 2008 it was about 1,5 billion adults that were overweight. The aim of this study was to investigate if there is an increased occurrence of dental caries and periodontal disease in adults with overweight/obesity. The study was limited to adults that were nineteen years old and above. The material was collected from the databases PubMed and Science Direct and a manual search. These results are based on fourteen scientific articles.
Two scientific articles showed an increased occurrence of dental caries on persons with overweight/obesity compared with people who were normal weighted. The other studies (n=2) did not found a direct correlation between increased caries and overweight/obesity.
The presence of periodontal disease in individuals with overweight/obesity was found to be increased significantly in several studies (n=4) compared to participants with normal weight. The other studies (n=6) showed a relation between occurrence of periodontitis and overweight/obesity.
There seems to be an increased occurence of periodontitis in persons with overweight/obesity as several socio- economic factors or other conditions affect. The few scientific articles that were examined show that factors such as diet, saliva and oral hygiene are important in caries occurrence
|Date of Award||2012-Jul-02|
|Supervisor||Sara Henricsson (Supervisor) & Pia Andersson (Examiner)|
- Study Programme in Oral Health
- 15 HE credits
Swedish Standard Keywords
- Medical and Health Sciences (3)
- dental caries