According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United States and Mexico contain the highest rates of obesity for adults and children. In fact, about one third of Americans are threatened by this epidemic, and by 2020, it’s predicted two out of three people will be overweight.
Obesity can negatively impact your overall physical and emotional health, and is linked to a host of serious health issues including diabetes, heart disease, and some forms of cancer.
Connecting Obesity and Periodontal Disease
An article published in the January/February 2013 issue of General Dentistry stated obesity may be the catalyst for periodontal (gum) disease. According to the lead author of the article, people suffering from obesity relentlessly produce cytokines, which are proteins with inflammatory properties. “These cytokines may be directly injuring the gum tissues or reduce blood flow to the gum tissues, thus promoting the development of gum disease.”
Research on this connection is still ongoing, but it’s an excellent start!
A Silent Epidemic
Gum disease affects about 64.7 million adults throughout the United States, and can negatively affect their overall health in addition to their smile. If left untreated, gum disease may result to tooth and jaw bone loss.
The habits you develop today can have a significant impact on your current and future oral health. We advise you stick with the following habits to excel your oral health regime:
- Brush with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and floss between your teeth daily.
- Eat a balanced diet, limiting the intake of foods and beverages high in sugar.
- Visiting each Minneapolis area dentist at Point Family Dentistry for a professional cleaning and check up every six months or so.
Contact our office today to help you and your family achieve smiles that are both healthy and dazzling!
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