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The relationship of oral disease to the metabolic syndrome and obesity

Ira Lamster (USA)

Time: 12:00 - 13:00
Language: English
Chair(s): Miguel Angel López-Andrade (Spain)

Learning Objectives

  • > Increase understanding of the relationship between obesity and oral disease.
  • > Improve knowledge of the components of the metabolic syndrome.
  • > Discuss the potential role of oral health care providers in addressing the obesity epidemic.


Obesity is one of the great health challenges of the developed and developing worlds. Health concerns associated with obesity include increased prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and certain malignancies.
Obesity is an important component of the metabolic syndrome and is associated with a number of oral diseases and disorders, including periodontal disease, dental caries, altered tooth eruption, masticating efficiency and sleep apnea. Oral health providers have the opportunity to impact the obesity epidemic by framing oral health promotion messages in the context of healthy diet, which can reduce dental caries as well as promote weight loss.

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