It appears that there is indeed a connection between the two. Dr. Ala Dean Attar and other dental experts are aware that there has been a strong link discovered between people who have a body mass index (BMI) above 30 and an increased level of periodontal disease. The link between these two conditions appears to be just what you might expect – a person’s diet.
How diet impacts oral health and obesity
Scientists have discovered that obese people almost always have a higher level of bacteria in their mouths. The bacteria commonly associated with obesity, forms in the mouth when a person consumes refined carbohydrates and sugars. Generally, obese people take in far more of these fats and sugars than people with a normal BMI. But those who consume large amounts of sugars and refined carbs are not as likely to eat healthier foods with needed micro-nutrients. These micronutrients can help fight obesity as well as help prevent oral health problems.
This means that for people who constantly struggle with their weight and with good oral health, there is likely to be a connection with the foods they eat. Your Libertyville, IL dental team at Attar Dental would, therefore, like to recommend that people in this category replace some of those refined carbohydrates and sugars with healthier foods. This can help improve your oral health and reduce obesity.
Starts Early On
Perhaps one of the most disturbing aspects of this study is how early the connection between obesity and oral health begins. Obese or overweight teenagers often suffer more cavities than those with normal BMI. Education about dietary habits must start at an early age to preempt both obesity and oral health problems. Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about your oral health. We will be happy to discuss the needed dietary and lifestyle changes you may need to make.