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 this will also help you lose weight, but it could be a good place to start.
Please contact us with your questions about the connection between oral health and obesity. Schedule a routine checkup to discuss these issues. We want to help you have a healthy mouth!