Rapid Weight Gain and Gum Disease in Men
We all know that obesity poses substantial risks to our health. Those who are overweight are at increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and many other health conditions. But did you know that being overweight also affects our oral health?
Numerous studies have linked obesity to periodontal (gum) disease. But now, a new study indicates that the rate of weight gain can impact the risk of gum disease as well as the rate of progression of the disease.
The study looked at 893 non-diabetic males between 1968 and 1998, and examined them for changes in body weight, waist circumference and arm fat. Results showed that males who rapidly gained weight, waist circumference and arm fat had more gum disease and disease progression than those with smaller gains.
The incidence of gum disease, particularly among men, is on the rise. The reason for the increase is not fully understood, but it is thought that nutrition may play a role.
Here are some tips to reduce your risk of gum disease.
• Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and ideally after each meal
• Floss daily to clean the areas where a toothbrush cannot reach
• Eat a healthy diet
• Visit your dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning and oral exam.
Most people who have gum disease do not even know they have it. But it is a serious condition that, if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss. To find out whether you have gum disease and what can be done to treat it, contact our periodontist in Northridge.
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