Weight & Oral Health (April A To Z Blogging Challenge 2019)
Did you know that how much you weigh could have an impact on your teeth and gums, and that following the wrong diet might adversely affect your oral health?
You might want to add regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight to your oral health care routine of regular brushing, flossing and visits to the dentist. According to a study by Japanese researchers, people with a healthy body weight and high levels of physical fitness had a lower incidence of severe periodontitis (gum disease).
Excessive weight is a considerable public health problem. The condition is the result of cultural, environmental, socioeconomic, behavioral, genetic, and metabolic factors. Overweight children have an increased chance of becoming overweight or obese adults and developing hypertension, type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, orthopedic problems, sleep apnoea, and asthma which greatly affect their quality of life
In a study involving obese patients, researchers found that those who opted for weight loss surgery and professional dental treatments had less gum inflammation than patients who only received dental treatments. In other words, weight loss led to improved oral health. Researchers concluded that individuals who see their dentist regularly and make an effort to lose excess weight are more likely to note a marked improvement in their oral conditions, particularly when it comes to their gums.
Sources: Deltadentalins, Colcate, ADA, 1800dentist.com