Think twice before taking that next bite. Because we know that being overweight can affect many aspects of a person’s health. Now researchers suspect a link exists between obesity and gum disease. Whether one condition is a risk factor for another or whether one disease directly causes another has yet to be discovered.
What we do know is half of the U.S. population age 30 and older is affected by gum disease — a chronic inflammatory infection that impacts the surrounding and supporting structures of the teeth. Gum disease itself produces its own set of cytokines, which further increases the level of these inflammatory proteins in the body’s bloodstream, helping to set off a chain reaction of other inflammatory diseases throughout the body. So it is important to visit a dentist at least twice a year so he or she can evaluate your risks for developing gum disease and offer preventive strategies.
Impacting approximately one-third of the U.S. population, obesity has become a significant health concern for Americans. As a part of your strategy to stay healthy, a dentist can design a personalized program of home oral care to meet your specific needs. In the meantime, research on the relationship between obesity and gum disease is still ongoing.
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Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC
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Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328
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 January/February 2013 issue of General Dentistry, the peer-reviewed clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), it also may be a risk factor for gum disease.