There are a lot of ways that being overweight can impact your health. In fact, it can even impact your senses. But there’s one I’ll bet you have never considered and that’s the impact your weight could have on your teeth and your general level of oral health. You might think that you can be overweight and still have a healthy beautiful smile. Hollywood and TV shows like This Is Us certainly have no problem perpetuating this idea. But the truth is that being overweight could lead to problems with your oral health just like it will impact other parts of your body. In fact, studies investigating a potential link between obesity and oral health have revealed startling evidence that being overweight could negatively impact your teeth.
Obesity and Oral Health: What Did Research Show?
Studies have shown that people who are overweight are more likely to suffer from issues like gum disease and severe periodontitis than people with a healthy BMI. Researchers have suggested that this is just one more reason why people need to watch how much weight they are putting on and do their best to keep things under control.
Periodontitis is a serious condition that occurs after the gums become infected to a point where they are difficult to fix with basic antibiotics. It can lead to tooth decay, the loss of teeth and ultimately the degradation of the shape of the mouth. People with periodontitis often have a sunken face appearance that looks odd and aesthetically unpleasing.
Obesity and Oral Health: Why Does This Connection Exist?
You might think that this connection is due to the fact that people who are overweight in general, don’t look after their health as much as others. Studies have shown that people who are overweight are more likely to smoke and have higher sugar levels in their blood. However, the study was then run again, controlling for these factors and the same connection between obesity and oral health was seen. The significance was weaker suggesting that this is at least partly the reason, but the correlation still existed between weight and level of oral health.
Another possibility is that people who are overweight are eating food that is more damaging to the teeth and gums. Dentists that work weekend hours regularly have to fix the teeth of people who have eaten hard sweets that are also packed with sugar. But, this still isn’t the reason.
Obesity Leads to Diseases Impacting Various Areas Of The Body
According to experts inflammation from obesity causes various diseases in the body and makes them more likely to develop including periodontitis and other issues with gum disease. As such, it is not surprising that people who are overweight are more prone to develop oral health problems.
If you do have an issue with your weight, you should be getting more regular checks with the dentist, ensuring that it doesn’t become a larger issue. Otherwise, you could end up with severe oral health problems and even lose your teeth gradually over time.
Hopefully this information will push you to drop those extra pounds and work to get in shape.
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