In some countries of the world, the U.S. included, obesity is considered to be at epidemic levels, and it has captured the attention of government officials. Recently, a connection has been discovered between obesity and oral health. For instance, periodontal disease has been found to be prevalent in people with a body mass index above 30. Dr. Dustin Lee of your San Bruno dental team is concerned about this strong link between obesity and oral health.
Impact of diet on obesity and oral health
Diet is considered to be one factor affecting both these situations. Generally, obese people take in greater amounts of fat and sugar, both of which contribute to periodontal disease. With all those fats and sugars being consumed, obese people then become less likely to eat foods with healthy micro-nutrients that help to prevent cavities and gum disease. Your Simply Dentistry team recognizes that this inadequacy of healthy micronutrients is a contributing factor to increased periodontal issues, and therefore encourages a lifestyle change which includes more beneficial micro-nutrients.
The bacteria factor
One study which was conducted on women with a body mass index between 27 and 32 found that a common bacterium was present in virtually all of their samples. This common bacterium is related to the foods most strongly connected with obesity – fats and sugars. Experts recommend that the best approach to tackling the dual issue of obesity and oral health is to swap out those foods which are instantly converted to sugars in the mouth, or those which are already sugars.
Please contact us to discuss your questions and concerns about your oral health and obesity. Dentists can suggest effective dietary and lifestyle changes that can help you lose weight and keep your mouth and gums healthy.