Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects


Allied Health

Document Type



Does obesity have an effect on dental caries in South Central Kentucky Previous research has presented information stating a high prevalence of tooth decay found within the state of Kentucky. In addition, studies have indicated an elevated rate of childhood obesity found within the region. As a future dental hygienist in Kentucky, it is important to understand if a correlation exists between tooth decay and childhood obesity to better educate both patients and caregivers. The investigation will utilize a sample of patient records through a retrospective collection process. A correlation of dental caries and childhood obesity is expected to be seen as a result of the study. Previous studies have shown each factor as being prevalent in the state of Kentucky, yet limited research has not combined the two entities. The primary goal of this study is to examine these characteristics within this immediate region. If a correlation is found, it will impact how dental hygienists in South Central Kentucky will educate patients and caregivers.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Dr. Joseph Evans


Dentistry | Pediatric Dentistry and Pedodontics