Obesity rates are on the rise around the world. In some regions, it’s reached epidemic proportions and is a real concern on many levels. Recently, a possible connection between oral health and obesity has come to light. Participants who had a BMI of over 30 also showed signs of periodontal disease.
Oral Health and Obesity
According to a recent study, there may be a clear connection between obesity and your dental health. During the study, the saliva of a group of women with a BMI of between 27 and 32 was sampled and found to contain large amounts of the bacteria Selenomonas noxia. These bacteria are closely associated with the kind of high glycemic diet that often results in obesity.
Not surprisingly, the foods linked to high obesity rates are also closely associated with periodontal disease. The bacterium forms in the mouth when an individual eats simple sugars, foods that turn to sugar in the mouth, and refined carbohydrates. These types of foods can lead to periodontal disease and cavities. Interesting enough, these are also the foods contributing to obesity. Making dietary and lifestyle changes may help prevent obesity and oral health issues.
Although there is more research that will need to be done into this connection between diet and oral health, it could mean that you might be asked about what you have been eating the next time you visit Buffalo Grove, IL dentist for a checkup.
If you are concerned about your own oral health and you think your diet could be to blame, don’t hesitate to ask the staff at Creekside Dental for advice. Dr. Sara Chung, Dr. William McCune, Dr. John Micaletti, and their Buffalo Grove, IL dental team will be glad to answer any questions that you might have. You can also schedule an oral needs assessment with one of our dentists.