Losing Weight for Better Gum Health
Losing weight does more for you than just helping to lower your cholesterol and give you a svelte figure; it also may help improve your oral health. A recent study from the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine found that losing weight may also help reduce your risk for developing gum disease.
The link between being overweight and the risk of periodontal disease lies with the fat cells. Fat calls trigger inflammation, which is a key factor in gum disease. When the number of fat cells is reduced, the body is more able to fight off infections, including the infection caused by the bacteria associated with periodontal disease.
The inflammation caused by periodontal disease can lead to other infections by causing breaks in the gum line, which can allow the harmful bacteria to enter and to wreak havoc on your oral health. In addition, the inflammation itself is a problem because it can lead to bone loss, tooth loss, increased pocket size under the teeth, and a host of other problems.
Currently, researchers have not pinpointed the exact link between being overweight and gum disease. However, some common theories are that losing weight makes the body less insulin resistant, which has been known to improve oral health. Another theory indicates that losing weight reduces the amount of the hormone leptin, which has also been linked with oral health.
If you would like to learn more about how losing weight can benefit your oral health, see our Northridge dentist. Our periodontist can examine your mouth and provide personalized advice for improving your oral health and for preventing gum disease.
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