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Obesity Linked to Higher Risk of Gum Disease
Obesity, one of the main health concerns for Americans today. You can ask the First Lady Michelle Obama how bad this disease has spread. With about one-third of the United States population suffering from obesity many other health issues that are side effects and connected to with obesity have risen as well. Heart disease and Type II Diabetes have increased, certain forms of cancer are becoming more prominent, and now it may seem to also be a risk factor for a higher chance of developing gum disease.

In the January/February 2013 issue of General Dentistry, a peer-reviewed clinical journal from the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) researchers and top dentists believe they found a connection between gum disease and being overweight. The supposed connection is due to the fact that the bodies’ of obese people produces cytokines, proteins with inflammatory properties, at a much higher and faster rate. These proteins can directly injure the gum tissues or reduce flow to the tissue, resulting in the development of gum disease within one’s mouth.

More than half of the American population above the age of 30 is affected by gum disease, and this disease itself already produces cytokines which further increases the amount of inflammatory proteins in the effected patient’s bloodstream. This research is still ongoing, but the relationship seems to have some concrete evidence to back it up. For this reason it is important that people who suffer from obesity see their local dentist often and do not skip any appointments.

Gum disease is no fun disease. It causes all the supporting structures of your teeth to inflame and deteriorate, causing your teeth to fall out. It is important to see a top dentist at any sign of the disease, but it is also important that everyone see their dentist often enough, especially those with a higher risk, so that any early signs of the disease is caught. This will allow treatment to begin at a much earlier stage and thus lead to much less and/or no damage and teeth loss.


Posted  February 20, 2013
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