Tooth Loss and Obesity
Carrying extra weight may be detrimental to your smile health, according to a recent study. According to a Japanese research team, people who are overweight or obese and have poor eating habits are at a higher risk of gum disease, tooth loss, and other dental problems than people at a healthy weight or underweight. Eating a healthier diet seemed to offer overweight and obese study participants some protection against dental disease.
Researchers found that a diet high in fatty foods and low in vegetables was strongly correlated with gum disease. In the United States, about one out of three people are obese, and another one out of three people are overweight. Extra weight is a serious problem and could be increasing the risk of major dental complications for many. While you may not be able to lose weight overnight, you can take steps to live a healthier lifestyle. Try to incorporate healthier foods into your diet, including plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, while limiting your intake of fatty, fried, and processed foods, all of which can significantly increase your risk of tooth loss.
If you do lose teeth, replacing them with dental bridges or dentures can help you preserve oral function and self-confidence. However, preserving your own natural teeth is ideal whenever possible, so eating a balanced diet and practicing good dental hygiene habits is highly recommended. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our team.
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