The Link between Obesity and Periodontal Disease

Obesity and periodontal disease usually appear to be tethered to each other.

The link requires health care providers to examine the variable to maintain the overall health of patients. Researchers in the New York Medical College (NYMC) found the relationship between obesity and periodontal disease. They stated that the “Gram-negative oral anaerobe that is involved in the pathogenesis (an inflammatory condition) destroys the supporting tissues in the tooth.”

However, the pathway of insulin is also linked to obesity and periodontal disease. People suffering from obesity produce more cytokines, and this may put their body in the state of constant fighting disease to produce insulin resistance. Another assumption for the link between obesity and periodontal disease is the bacteria from the gum disease interfering with fat metabolism. Unfortunately, periodontal disease symptoms are usually not clear until the disease gets to a climax stage. At the early stage, a dentist like Dr. Hodges can diagnose the diseases and patients can receive six-month oral checkups and cleanings.

Periodontal disease can be controlled by regular cleaning of the oral regimen both at home and at the dental office. Also, professional medication may be necessary, along with under the gum line scraping, three months checkups rather than the traditional six months and an oral treatment rinse. Home treatment requires careful disease removal using brush and flossing at least two times daily. Due to the tediousness of flossing, most people avoid it.

Oral hygiene is not the only factor responsible for obesity and weight gain, the combination of anti-inflammatory and oral habits could reduce the consequences related to obesity. Also, a link between cardiovascular disorders and poor oral hygiene among patients occurs because they don’t visit the dentist regularly.

Most people are negligent about their flossing and tooth brushing. As a result of this, it is important to take necessary action, make it an expectation and a part of a twice-daily routine. Always remember that recent studies show that oral health is important to overall wellbeing.

Concerned about gum disease? Contact us to schedule your next checkup!