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Scientists Identify a Link Between Obesity and Gum Disease and Why This Matters

July 17, 2018
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Posted By: Dr. Sunny Mojahed
Woman Smiling | Allentown PA Dentist

There are plenty of reasons to keep a trim waistline, and now you can add gum health to the list. Most people are aware that obesity is a rampant problem in the United States. Obesity, which is defined as a body mass index of more than 30, is now being connected to a higher incidence of gum disease, according to recent studies published by the National Institutes of Health.

Those in Emmaus who are at a higher risk for periodontal disease, should not put off seeking gum disease treatment.

Reasons for the Connection

Since there is an assumption that obese people might tend to have less healthy habits than their thinner counterparts, researchers adjusted their results to discount factors such as tobacco use, exercise habits, age, and gender. This did not have a significant impact on the results, which still point to a prevalence of periodontal disease in those who are obese.

Many experts believe that inflammation is the culprit. Since inflammation is an underlying cause of many diseases, including cardiovascular disease as well as many types of cancers, and obesity is a risk factor for many of these medial issues, there seems to be a connection. Obesity-related inflammation can also impact the body’s ability to heal itself after infection, which can also increase the risk of periodontal disease.

How to Protect Your Gum Health

Regardless of your weight, it’s crucial to take good care of your gums. Often gum disease presents with no symptoms, so the only way you can be assured of good gum health is to visit your dentist regularly. When gum disease goes untreated, it will get worse. Ultimately, it can lead to tooth loss.

Practice good home care by brushing twice and flossing once each day. See your dentist twice a year for examinations and cleanings.

If you suspect you might need gum disease treatment, we invite you to call Evolve Dental Care in Emmaus. 

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