Obesity and Risk of Tooth Loss

Obesity and Risk of Tooth Loss

A new study indicates that obesity and tooth loss may be more closely linked than previously believed. The study, performed by a Japanese research team, evaluated 800 university graduates. They found that those who are overweight or obese were more likely to lose teeth or suffer from gum disease than those who were underweight or at a healthy weight. The risk was highest in those who ate only few vegetables and even more fatty foods. Those who were overweight, but still ate a varied diet rich in vegetables, tended to have healthier gums and a lower incidence of gum disease.

Sadly, obesity rates are skyrocketing in the United States. About 75 percent of men are either overweight or obese. Nearly 36 percent of all men and women are considered obese, and one out of 20 is considered extremely obese. Obesity and weight gain are often a result of the fast-paced lifestyles, heavy reliance on prepared or processed foods and inactivity throughout each day. While you may not be able to reach a healthy weight right away, you can take steps that will include more vegetables and healthy foods in your diet to improve dental and overall health.

Fortunately, a balanced diet low in starchy, sugary or processed foods can nourish your body and your teeth. Sticky or starchy foods tend to feed the bacteria in plaque, while fruits, vegetables and other whole foods help clean teeth. They also provide critical vitamins and other nutrients to support proper dental health.

If you have already lost teeth, you may be a candidate for dental implants that will allow you to continue eating a healthy diet without any loss of bite or chewing force. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment.

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