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Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology
Year : 2015, Volume : 8, Issue : 10
First page : ( 1353) Last page : ( 1356)
Print ISSN : 0974-3618. Online ISSN : 0974-360X.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-360X.2015.00242.5

Dental Caries and Obesity in Children of Age Groups 5–9 Years: A Preliminary Study

Jain Mokshi R.1,*, Sethu Gowri2

1I year B.D.S, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, 152, Poonamallee High Road, Chennai-600077

2Professor, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, 152, Poonamallee High Road, Chennai-600077

*Corresponding Author E-mail: mokshi.jain.007@gmail.com

Online published on 2 December, 2015.



The aim of the study is to evaluate the relationship between childhood obesity and dental caries in paediatric subjects of age group 5–9 years.


There exists a positive correlation between dental caries and Body Mass Index (BMI). Food habits, more specifically high consumption of carbohydrates has been reported to be the reason for increasing obesity and dental ociation between dental caries and obesity is influenced by many factors such as biological, genetic, socioeconomic, cultural, dietary and lifestyle.

Materials and methods

The survey is to be done for a sample of 200 school children in the 5–9 years age group. A dental and overall examination is done to calculate basic parameters such as weight, height and DMFT score. The participants are categorised as underweight, normal, overweight and obese after calculating the BMI. The relationship between DMFT and BMI is assessed with appropriate sample weighting.


This survey will provide a better understanding between the relation between obesity and dental caries.



body mass index, dental caries, DMFT score, obesity, overweight.


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