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Nutrition and Oral Health: Public Health Relevance

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The roles and regulation of various nutrients on systemic health are well known. The bifacial association among oral health, diet, and nutrition is not studied in similar depth and detail. Nutritional imbalances, including vitamin D, magnesium, zinc, calcium, and phosphate, are shown to be associated with the initiation and propagation of various chronic oral diseases, including gingivitis and dental decay. The consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is also linked to a higher risk of developing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and oral diseases, both in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) and high-income countries (HICs). Oral manifestations are one of the earliest clues of the evolvement of some of the prevalent systemic diseases, including metabolic diseases.

The Global Burden of Disease Study 2017 has assessed that oral infections and other diseases affect close to 3.5 billion people globally. In LMICs, with rapid urbanization, alterations in lifestyle and changes of food habits are partly responsible for a higher prevalence of oral diseases. Such a higher rate of oral diseases is principally owing to nutritional imbalance and inadequate access to primary oral health care. This Research Topic is intended to bring together different specialties of dental, medical, and nutritional science to share their experiences to reduce oral health burden to improve systemic diseases and beyond.

This Research Topic welcomes the submission of original manuscripts (unpublished research works), updated reviews (of the existing literate), and brief commentaries (on emerging areas of global health concern). For detailed submission categories, please see the this page.


Keywords: Global health, Oral health, Nutrition, Systemic heath, Cross-organ talk


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

The roles and regulation of various nutrients on systemic health are well known. The bifacial association among oral health, diet, and nutrition is not studied in similar depth and detail. Nutritional imbalances, including vitamin D, magnesium, zinc, calcium, and phosphate, are shown to be associated with the initiation and propagation of various chronic oral diseases, including gingivitis and dental decay. The consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is also linked to a higher risk of developing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and oral diseases, both in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) and high-income countries (HICs). Oral manifestations are one of the earliest clues of the evolvement of some of the prevalent systemic diseases, including metabolic diseases.

The Global Burden of Disease Study 2017 has assessed that oral infections and other diseases affect close to 3.5 billion people globally. In LMICs, with rapid urbanization, alterations in lifestyle and changes of food habits are partly responsible for a higher prevalence of oral diseases. Such a higher rate of oral diseases is principally owing to nutritional imbalance and inadequate access to primary oral health care. This Research Topic is intended to bring together different specialties of dental, medical, and nutritional science to share their experiences to reduce oral health burden to improve systemic diseases and beyond.

This Research Topic welcomes the submission of original manuscripts (unpublished research works), updated reviews (of the existing literate), and brief commentaries (on emerging areas of global health concern). For detailed submission categories, please see the this page.


Keywords: Global health, Oral health, Nutrition, Systemic heath, Cross-organ talk


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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25 May 2021 Abstract
23 August 2021 Manuscript

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23 August 2021 Manuscript

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