Obesity is quickly becoming an epidemic in many countries of the world, including the United States. Recently, scientists have discovered a possible and likely link between obesity and oral health. People who have a body mass index (BMI) over 30 also tend to have a predisposition to periodontal disease. Dr. Joseph and Dr. John Barnhart of Barnhart Dental are aware of this link and recommend some lifestyle changes to those people suffering from both conditions.
The common factor may be diet
Not surprisingly, the common denominator between these two conditions may be diet. Why? Obese people tend to consume much greater quantities of fats, refined carbs, and sugars. These foods are also strong contributors to periodontal disease. Because they fill up on these fats and sugars, obese people then become much less likely to consume healthy micro-nutrients which would help to stave off problems with oral health. Eating healthier foods can help reduce obesity and prevent oral health problems.
A study on obesity and oral health
A particularly telling study was conducted on overweight women and discovered that in almost every case, their saliva contained bacteria which is commonly associated with obesity. This leads health and dental experts like those on your Vienna, MO dental team, to conclude that a lifestyle change could address both conditions and is therefore highly desirable. Studies are not conclusive yet, but it seems that reducing your intake of simple sugars, refined carbs and fat may help reduce this bacteria that is associated with both obesity and oral health issues.
Contact us today to discuss your questions and concerns about the connection between your weight and your oral health. A routine exam can help uncover any problems with your oral health. Your dentist can discuss any dietary and lifestyle changes they feel would be beneficial to your overall health and help prevent obesity and oral health problems.