Can Obesity Cause Periodontitis?

For better or worse, your eating habits impact the health of your mouth. Unfortunately, it’s not always as simple as avoiding sugary foods to prevent cavities. In some cases, your diet can actually exacerbate more serious forms of gum disease from the inside out.

A recent study by researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry suggests that a direct correlation exists between obesity and periodontal disease. The researchers said that the same nutritional stress associated with obesity could be linked to inflammation present in the gum disease known as periodontitis.

Periodontitis is a gum infection that can wreak havoc on your gums, the nearby bones and the tissue connecting the two. It can result in tooth loss and bleeding gums.

As a leading New York prosthodontist, we’re always interested to hear how everyday living can impact the dental health of our patients. We keep an eye on studies like these so that we can pass along the information to our patients and advise them accordingly.

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