As researchers continue to study periodontal disease, they are uncovering more and more links between gum disease and other health issues. One of the most recent connections discovered is obesity.
In the world today, over 200 million men and 300 million women can be described as obese. That is 10% of the population! This means that 500 million people have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or higher. In addition to gum disease, obesity can cause other problems like diabetes, heart disease, gout, infertility, acid reflux and arthritis to name a few.
A recent study has found that obese patients are 3 times more likely to have periodontal disease than patients that maintain a healthy weight. It is believed that this is from the combination of lifestyle choices and hormonal and chemical changes that occur in the body when it is carrying too much weight. These changes cause an inflammatory response in various system of the body, including the gums.
If you are obese, it is vital that you are having regular dental check ups. These, along with a good oral hygiene routine at home, can help stave off periodontal disease. If your gums are puffy, bleeding or visibly receding, you may already have gum disease. If left untreated, it will eventually lead to bone and tooth loss. Unlike other conditions, periodontitis will not get better on its own.
When you are experiencing the symptoms of gum disease, your best hope is to visit a periodontist for evaluation and treatment. We are gum specialists and have many treatments at our disposal to help your mouth be healthy again. Don’t let gum disease rob you of a beautiful smile. Call for an appointment today.