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What Weight Gain Could Mean for Your Oral Health

Weight gain can affect your overall health in many ways — increasing blood pressure, making you more likely to suffer from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and depression. But how does gaining weight affect your oral health?

Increased Risk of Periodontal Disease

A 2017 study revealed the surprising correlation between weight gain and gum disease. Participants with BMIs of 23 or higher had more dental disease and severe periodontitis (a serious gum infection) than those with lower BMIs. And if their BMI was over 25, they were 5.9 times more likely to suffer from gum disease. It’s possible that the food choices overweight people make are part of the reason for their poor oral health, but it’s not the only reason. Inflammation can cause many diseases, including Periodontal disease, and obesity-related inflammation has been shown to deregulate the body’s immune system.

Loss of Teeth

You can thank periodontal disease for this one, too: gum disease is linked to tooth loss. Due to the plaque that can build up in your mouth and the bacteria that infects not only your gums and teeth, but eventually gum tissue and bones that support the teeth, teeth can become loose and even fall out from periodontal disease. So those inches you gain on your waistline could result in a loss of the teeth in your mouth.

Good Dental Health Can Actually Help Lose Weight

So we’ve talked about the dangers of weight gain on your overall oral health — but did you know that good dental health can actually help you lose weight? Having good oral hygiene can help prevent heart disease, cancer and stroke, but it can also help you lose weight. How? The inflammation from gum disease can cause metabolic and circulatory problems. That makes it harder to lose weight. Therefore, if you keep your gums healthy, your body will work better. Also, making food choices that protect your teeth (like the these), and eliminating ones that harm them, such as sugary snacks or sodas, you will inadvertantly be trimming your waistline!

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