It has recently been discovered that there is a strong link between being obesity and oral health issues. Individuals having a body mass index above 30 tend to have an increased incidence of periodontal disease and other oral health issues. The Arlington, TX dentists and your Fielder Park dental team are aware of this connection, and they encourage all those who fall into this category to adopt a lifestyle change that can address both issues.
Diet, Obesity and Oral Health
Scientists have not only discovered the link, but they have also found out what’s possibly at the root of the connection. Obese individuals typically have a greater intake of fats, carbohydrates, and sugars. They are also less likely to consume foods that contain beneficial micro-nutrients. Nutritious foods with micro and macronutrients help prevent both obesity and oral health problems. Obese people, in particular, have been found to have a higher level of the bacteria in their mouths which is specifically associated with obesity. This is linked with the consumption of more fats, carbs, and sugars.
Change Your Lifestyle and Enjoy Better Health
Having filled up on these empty calories, there’s no room for the healthier foods which would promote better overall health. Better nutrients can also prevent obesity. Dr. Chip Mercer, Dr. William Saunders, Dr. Zimmerer, and Dr. Petty, your Arlington, TX dental team, strongly encourage people who fall into this category to adopt a lifestyle change that will include more fresh fruits and vegetables, and fewer carbs and sugars.
Do you have questions about your oral health? Are you concerned about gum disease? Please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us for a routine exam. We can also answer your questions about preventing gum disease and the role your diet may play.