Obesity and Periodontal (Gum) Disease
In the medical profession obesity is considered a chronic disease. The younger generation of our nation is becoming increasingly obese and this is mostly due to poor nutrition and eating habits. Research has shown that obesity is linked to arthritis, respiratory problems, diabetes, and even colon cancer.
There is research that even has obesity connected to periodontal disease. A poor diet low in crucial nutrients can compromise the body’s immune system and make it harder for the body to fight off infection. As long as we eat unhealthy foods with little to no nutrients, periodontal disease will only become worse.
Because periodontal disease begins as an infection, poor nutrition can worsen the condition of your gums. In addition, research has shown that obesity may increase the risk of periodontal disease not to mention worsening of cardiovascular disease and arthritis. Proper consumption of nutritional foods and more exercise will help in the fight against obesity.
Seeing your dentist for regular checkups (the dentist will refer you to a Periodontist if your gum disease is worsening,) brushing, and flossing twice daily and being proactive against obesity should help in the fight against gum disease!
Here’s to healthy gums!