The relationship between childhood body weight and dental caries experience: an umbrella systematic review protocol

Susan Carson, Lamis Abuhaloob, Derek Richards, Mark Hector, Ruth Freeman

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Abstract

Background: Obesity and dental caries are global public health problems which can impact in childhood and throughout the life course. In simple terms, childhood dental caries and body weight are linked via the common risk factor of diet. An association between dental caries and obesity has been described in a number of studies and reviews. However, similarly, a relationship has also been noted between low body weight and caries experience in children. This protocol will provide the framework for an umbrella review to address the following question: Does the available evidence support a relationship between dental caries experience and body weight in the child population?

Methods: This review protocol outlines the process to carry out an umbrella systematic review which will synthesise previous reviews of childhood dental caries experience and body weight. An umbrella review methodology will be used to examine the methodological and reporting quality of existing reviews.

Discussion: The final umbrella review aims to aggregate the available evidence in order to provide a summary for policymakers and to inform healthcare interventions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number216
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalSystematic Reviews
Volume6
Issue number2046-4053
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 2017

Keywords

  • Dental public health
  • Child oral health
  • Dental caries
  • Body weight and umbrella systematic review

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