Overweight and gum disease

Being Overweight Linked to Higher Risk of Gum Disease

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Each year, at least 2.8 million adults worldwide die as a result of being overweight or obese. In fact, a raised BMIis known to be a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders (especially osteoarthritis) and some types of cancer (breast, endometrial, colon).

Now, recent issue of General Dentistry, the Clinical Journal of the Academy of General Dentistry reports that, being overweight may also be a risk factor for gum disease.

“Obese individuals’ bodies relentlessly produce cytokines, proteins with inflammatory properties. These cytokines may directly injure the gum tissues or reduce blood flow to the gum tissues, thus promoting the development of gum disease,” says lead author Charlene Krejci, DDS, MSD.

Cytokines are essential for normal healing, but in excess, these can cause inflammation and severe gum tissue damage.

Observing proper oral hygiene – twice daily brushing, flossing and professional cleanings – goes a long way to protect your oral health.

Though research on the relationship between obesity and gum disease is still ongoing, we advise everyone to visit their dentist at least twice a year. This way, your dentist can evaluate your risk for developing periodontal (gum) disease and offer preventive measures to safeguard your oral health.

Prevent plaque build-up and gum disease. Observing proper oral hygiene – twice daily brushing, flossing and professional cleanings – goes a long way to protect your oral health.

Have you or your family been screened for gum disease yet? Feel free to send us your questions or to book a Periodontal Risk Assessment appointment online.