Body Mass Index

What does BMI have to do with healthy teeth?

At Alligator Dental, our goal is to help every child have a happy and healthy life. The Body Mass Index (BMI) is a good measure of a child’s risk for diseases that can occur with obesity or being over recommended weight. Children with obesity are at extreme risk for other diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and gum disease. In fact, the number one disease in children is dental decay and the second is childhood obesity. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) provides research that many of the risk factors for dental decay and obesity are the same. The AAPD recommends that pediatric dentists should offer diet and nutrition counseling to help combat both dental disease and childhood obesity. We hope this BMI information will empower parents to create healthier, happier lifestyle choices for their child and their dental health.

Determine Your Child’s BMI:

Child and Teen BMI Calculator

Dietary Resources:

  1. My Fitness Pal: Free online nutritional app to learn about the foods you eat.
  2. Nutrition.govOnline resource to help with weight management, cooking, and grocery shopping. Available in Spanish.
  3. Registered Dietician: Karrie Itz-Thompson can be reached at 210-882-5959.

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