Dr. Mark Caceres of your Marietta dental family would like all patients to be aware of the recent link which has been discovered between obesity and an increased level of periodontal disease. A number of studies have been conducted, both on children and adults, which have demonstrated a clear connection between people having a body mass index above 30 and a greater incidence of oral health problems.
The Link Between Obesity and Oral Health
To no one’s surprise, the link between these two conditions appears to be in the diet. People who are obese have been found to contain higher levels of the bacteria associated with being overweight in their saliva. This is the same bacteria that contribute to periodontal disease and other oral health issues. That bacteria is produced when refined carbohydrates are converted into sugars in the mouth. It is also produced by eating foods that are already in a sugary state.
Dietary Changes to Help
Even worse, obese and overweight individuals tend to fill up on mostly fats and sugars. They are less inclined to eat healthier foods. Eating healthier foods means consuming more micro-nutrients. Consuming more nutritious foods can help prevent obesity. This can also be beneficial for preventing oral problems including periodontal disease. For individuals who are in this category, your Marietta, GA dentist recommends a lifestyle change that includes healthier foods, and which minimizes the intake of refined carbohydrates and sugars.
Contact us today to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about your oral health or your diet. Eating a healthy diet of nutritious food choices is essential for preventing gum disease. If you suspect you have gum disease or are concerned about your oral health, please schedule an exam. Most conditions are easily treatable if they are caught early enough.