With obesity on the rise on a global scale, researchers are trying to find solutions to the epidemic. In the process, it seems they may have discovered a link between obesity and oral health. Recent studies show that people with a BMI of more than 30 are likely to have periodontal disease, making it necessary to consider a lifestyle change. Here is what San Pablo Dental Care would like you to know.
Diet and oral bacteria
Studies reveal that people with obesity showed high levels of sugar and fat intake. These ingredients reduce the intake of foods with micronutrients that minimize the risk of cavities and gum disease. Overweight and obese women were also found to have an oral bacterium that is linked to a high glycemic diet. The San Pablo dental team recommends lifestyle and diet changes as a way of fighting both oral bacteria and obesity.
The link starts from an early age
San Pablo dentists agree that the connection between obesity and dental hygiene begins early on. While some studies established that overweight teenagers had a higher number of caries, others did not find this to be linked. With this confusion, Drs. Edwin Kim and Jacqueline Lee encourage patients to seek knowledge, observe good oral health and check their body weight.
What to do about obesity and oral health
There are some things you can do on your own to help combat both obesity and oral health issues. Consuming nutrient-rich foods instead of empty calories is good for your overall health. By reducing simple sugars, fats, and even refined carbohydrates, you will be less likely to be overweight and you can reduce the risk of periodontal disease and cavities.
If you have more questions about the link between obesity and oral health, please don’t hesitate to call us. We will be glad to discuss any possible dietary and lifestyle changes that might help you.