The Link Between Oral Health and Obesity

 In Overall Health, Gum Disease, Oral Health

What connects oral health and obesity?

Many governments around the world consider obesity an epidemic. However, it is the link between obesity and oral health that has highlighted the need for people to consider a lifestyle change. Dr. Dernick agrees with many other experts that those individuals who have a BMI of more than 30 are likely to show signs of periodontal disease. There are a few lifestyle and dietary changes that may be effective for combatting both obesity and oral health problems.

The nexus between diet and oral bacteria

Recent studies indicate that obese individuals tend to have a diet high in sugar and fat. These foods often directly contribute to poor oral health. Also, a high glycemic diet has also been found to promote the formation of oral bacteria known as Selenomonas noxia. A Woodlands dentist explains that foods which are already sugars or that easily convert into sugars help these bacteria form in the mouth. Also, those who consume these types of “empty calories” do not often eat foods high in nutrients. Micronutrients are beneficial for fighting both obesity and oral health conditions like periodontal disease and cavities. By changing dietary habits so the bacterium doesn’t form in the mouth, an individual may be able to reverse obesity and prevent periodontal disease.

Is there a relationship between obesity and dental hygiene?

The relationship between obesity and oral health can start at an early age. However, studies have shown conflicting reports on whether there is a direct link to caries in children and a higher BMI. As such, our Woodlands dental team recommends maintaining good oral health as a way of tackling weight issues as well as reducing oral bacteria. 

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