Possible Link Between Obesity and Oral Health

Possible Link Between Obesity and Oral Health

Is there a link between poor oral health and obesity? According to a recent study, there could be. Obesity is becoming a hot topic on a global level. Many are beginning to see a correlation between individuals who have a BMI of over 30 and signs of gum disease. Some things make the study’s findings difficult such as participant’s gender, age, genetics, and smoking history. Still, there may be a correlation between the two. Results Indicate Bacteria Connection In this study, scientists took saliva samples from a group of women. Participants had a BMI of between 27 and 32. Of all of these samples, 98.4 percent contained the bacteria Selenomonas noxia. The formation of this bacteria is connected to a high glycemic diet, which contributes to both periodontal disease and obesity. The bacteria forms with the consumption of foods most often associated with those who are obese or overweight. Lifestyle and dietary changes can be effective for eradicating both oral bacteria and weight problems. This would mean avoiding foods that change to simple sugars in the mouth, refined carbohydrates, and foods that are already sugars. How Your Dentist Can Help While more research does need to be completed about this possible connection, it would seem that your dentist could very well begin asking you about your eating habits during your next dental appointment in Bala Cynwyd, PA. If you find yourself struggling with your oral health and your weight, Dr. Spieler of Oasis Dental may be able to give you advice about what foods to avoid if you want to improve your dental health. There is no guarantee that...
What is Gingivitis?

What is Gingivitis?

You may have heard the term but didn’t know what it was. The term Gingivitis can be frightening if you are unaware of what it is. Simply put, it is the inflammation of the gums. In itself, it is not serious, but it can lead to dental problems if it’s not treated properly. What causes gingivitis? Gingivitis is generally caused by a buildup of plaque in and around the teeth. But there are also other causes. The buildup can occur due to the presence of certain types of bacteria, an allergic reaction, malnutrition, or even genetic factors. It can also sometimes occur for apparently no reason at all. While it is considered to be a non-destructive dental condition, it is important that it is diagnosed and treated early by a dental professional. Importance of Early Treatment  An early diagnosis means dentists can treat it before it progresses to a more serious condition. Although gingivitis is not serious in most cases, when left untreated it can lead to periodontitis or gum disease. This can eventually lead to tooth loss. Symptoms of Gingivitis How do you know if you have gingivitis? The actual condition requires a diagnosis from a dental professional. Initially, you may notice swollen gums. Once it becomes more severe it can cause symptoms such as bright red gums, bad breath, bleeding during brushing or flossing, and receding gums. If you have noticed any of these signs or symptoms, it’s important to discuss it with a dental professional. Treatment The good news is that many cases of gingivitis can be reversed with proper treatment. If you suspect that you...
Periodontal Disease and Your Overall Health

Periodontal Disease and Your Overall Health

Most of us would agree that taking good care of our teeth and gums is a small price to pay for a healthy white smile. Neglecting our oral health can affect us even when the effects aren’t visible.  Dr. Spieler understands the impact that practicing good oral health can have on your teeth and gums as well as the rest of your body. When Our Teeth and Gums Are Neglected… Our teeth and gums, when lacking care, can begin to get cavities and other health disorders like periodontal disease. The Bala Cynwyd, PA dental team knows of a recent study showing how pathogenic bacteria present in oral diseases like periodontal disease has the ability to travel to other parts of the body and potentially facilitate the development of other diseases. As a result, the benefits of consistently caring for your teeth and gums are clear. Practicing good oral hygiene can be helpful in preventing periodontal disease, which not only harms your oral health but can increase your likelihood of other diseases of the body, including cardiovascular disease and even cancer. Good oral health includes the practice of regularly visiting your dentist as well. Prevention and early diagnosis are keys to keeping oral health issues at bay as well as the potential for developing other diseases of the body, so make sure to come to your Oasis Dental team twice a year for a cleanup on top of your daily oral...
Is Your Baby Teething, or Is It a Cold?

Is Your Baby Teething, or Is It a Cold?

The team here at Oasis Dental often get questions from parents worried about a teething infant. It can be a stressful time for everyone, no question. Dr. Spieler notes that many parents are confused about which symptoms are due to new teeth coming in and which have other causes. To better deal with the problems, it helps to have accurate information. 5 Actual Symptoms of Teething Experts say the 5 most common symptoms that are most likely due to the teething process are: face rash mild gum pain drooling more signs of fussiness desire to chew on things Surprisingly, a runny nose and fever are not caused by teething. Other things your child may be experiencing, including diarrhea, difficulty sleeping, nonstop crying, and reduced appetite, are likely the result of other issues. Researchers say that two sources for these problems are germs getting into the child’s gum from the teething and normal changes in their immune system. Worried about your teething baby? Call the experts here at your Bala Cynwyd, PA dental...
Pregnancy Gingivitis: Dealing With Swollen Gums

Pregnancy Gingivitis: Dealing With Swollen Gums

During pregnancy, gums are prone to bleeding, especially when you floss or brush. due to hormonal changes. While pregnancy gingivitis is a pretty normal condition that will most likely go away after delivery, Oasis Dental recommends that you up your oral hygiene game when pregnant. Why it Happens Hormonal changes during pregnancy cause your gums to become inflamed. This makes you more sensitive to the bacteria in plaque, hence the red, swollen, and bleeding gums. While the condition many times resolves after birth, pregnancy gingivitis could progress to periodontal disease in some cases, so it’s best to be proactive. Remedies Apart from good oral hygiene, regular salt water rinses in your mouth help you get rid of bacteria. Limit your intake of sugary foods and particularly those that stick to the teeth. Making sure to be gentle during your daily brush and floss can help with any pain or looseness of your teeth during this time. Your Bala Cynwyd, PA team is here for you during this time of changes. To keep up to date on your oral health during your pregnancy, book an appointment with Dr. Spieler. He will monitor you for pregnancy gingivitis and recommend tips that will keep the bleeding at the minimum so you can focus on getting ready for your new...
Canker Sores: Painfully Coming and Going

Canker Sores: Painfully Coming and Going

Canker sores, medically known as aphthous ulcers, can be the source of a great deal of pain. Among the most common oral sores experienced, they appear on the inside of the tongue, lips, gums and cheeks. Dr. Spieler at Oasis Dental in Bala Cynwyd clarifies that although canker sores are similar to cold sores, they are fortunately not contagious. Is It Really a Canker Sore? Usually whitish or grayish in color with a red outline, a canker sore is painful, inflamed, and sore, and can make eating and speaking an agonizing affair. Some patients report a burning or tingling sensation just before a canker sore forms. Although they typically disappear on their own within a week or two, Dr. Spieler recommends that you schedule an appointment with him if you are experiencing frequent recurrences, a prolonged outbreak, or serious pain. What Triggers Canker Sores? Though they form on their own, possible canker sore triggers include accidental cheek bite, overzealous brushing, menstruation hormonal shifts, and emotional stress. If you are experiencing a lot of canker sores or cold sores, our Oasis Dental team can recommend a course of treatment to alleviate the symptoms, shorten outbreaks, and reduce the number of occurrences. Call Dr. Spieler today to schedule a...
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