The holidays and special family events are a wonderful thing. But along with the fun times comes the inevitable consumption of a few too many calories. Unfortunately, we’re all guilty of it. We’re certainly aware that being overweight can pose a health risk from type 2 diabetes to heart disease, but what many people may not be aware of is that being overweight may also put you at risk for gum disease.
A recent peer-reviewed article published by the February issue of General Dentistry points to evidence that a link exists between obesity and gum disease. Researchers report that obese people continuously produce proteins in the bloodstream with inflammatory properties. These proteins reduce blood flow to the gum tissue ultimately promoting the development of bacteria that contributes to gum disease. This article suggests that further research is needed to provide more evidence of a direct relationship between obesity and gum disease.
But all things being equal, it is quite safe to say that if we watch what we eat, how much we eat, exercise regularly and get enough sleep we will optimize our immune system and inevitably provide a counter-balance against disease. If we can develop heart disease or diabetes by not watching our weight, we may also increase our risk of gum disease, a degenerative inflammatory bacterial infection.
At Mark W Langberg, DDS, MAGD, PC in Southfield, Michigan, we promote healthy teeth and gums by offering services and products backed by modern dental science. We believe that healthy teeth and a beautiful smile starts with us as individuals and that a healthy lifestyle reveals itself both on the inside and outside. Give yourself every advantage when it comes to preventing periodontal disease: Eat right and exercise, brush and floss, and be sure to visit our office and see our hygienists at least twice a year!
Until next time!
Dr. Mark W Langberg, DDS, MAGD
26206 West 12 Mile Road, Suite 303
Southfield, MI 48034