The Link Between Obesity and Oral Health

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Obesity and Oral Health 

Obesity rates around the globe are getting worse. Many governmental agencies are trying to find ways to reduce the rates and help people live healthier lives. But recently, studies have revealed a connection between obesity and oral health. You might not think there’s a connection between these two conditions, but scientists are convinced there is a strong link. Your Saginaw, MI dentist, Dr. Jennifer Schau, is aware of the statistics which make a strong connection between people having a high body mass index above 30, and those who have an increased incidence of periodontal disease and other oral health issues.

The Connecting link 

The connection between these two conditions appears to be the diet. Studies have been conducted which show that almost all obese people have a high level of bacteria in their mouths. This bacterium is the same type most closely associated with periodontal disease. This particular type of bacteria come from consuming refined carbohydrates and sugary foods. These are the same type of foods which lead to obesity and are also determined to be bad for oral health. Refined carbohydrates and sugars can help promote cavities and gum disease.  
This being the case, your Saginaw, MI dental team recommends that anyone who is significantly overweight adopt a lifestyle change with respect to their diet. By including more of the healthy foods which can help to stave off oral health issues, and also help to manage weight, a person should automatically reduce their intake of carbs, fats, and sugars. Dr. Schau and team are happy to help patients maintain better oral health by adopting healthier eating habits.

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Please contact our offices with your questions and concerns about how diet affects your oral health. We are glad to help. Schedule an appointment today to discuss your oral health with a professional.