According to multiple studies, there’s a noted link between obesity and periodontal disease, especially in those between the ages of 18 and 34.
Here are some statistics to ponder:
- Periodontal disease among obese individuals aged 18-34 was found to be 76% higher than for normal weight individuals in this age group.
- In older age groups, researchers found no significant association between body weight and periodontal disease.
- Dietary trends towards less raw fruit and vegetables (sources of vitamin C) and decreased calcium consumption, along with increased intake of fast foods and high-caloric-low-food-value beverages, may be partly to blame.
If you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, you may have, or be at risk for, periodontal disease:
- Do you have red, swollen gums that bleed during brushing?
- Do you regularly have bad breath?
- Is your gumline receding?
- Do you have new spaces between your teeth?
- Do you have diabetes or heart disease?
- Do you smoke or chew tobacco?
The good news is, periodontal disease can be treated and controlled. Call us today and let us help you get your oral health back on track!