Obesity: Higher Risk for Severe Gum Disease

It’s probably not news to you that obesity is a serious problem in the United States. Being substantially overweight places numerous stresses on your body, inside and out. Obesity is linked to arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure) and strokes, as well as many other overall health complications. In terms of…

It’s probably not news to you that obesity is a serious problem in the United States. Being substantially overweight places numerous stresses on your body, inside and out. Obesity is linked to arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure) and strokes, as well as many other overall health complications. In terms of your dental health, a possible link between obesity and periodontitis has been studied over the years by scientific researchers.

Periodontal Disease

Also called gum disease, periodontal disease is a chronic infection and inflammation of the gingival tissues. Many factors contribute to the development of gum disease, but the most common is plaque buildup. Regular dental cleanings, accompanied by twice daily brushing and flossing, can help reduce your risk for gum infection. That said, approximately 80% of Americans have some form of gum disease, ranging from mild gingivitis to advanced periodontitis (severe gum disease).

Gum Disease and Weight Issues

Dr. Erpencach emphasizes oral-systemic health to his patients. This philosophy focuses on the relationship between the mouth and the rest of the body, including the most conservative dental restorations and treatments possible. Oral-systemic health also focuses on preventive efforts with dental health. Early diagnosis and treatment of  periodontal disease, in addition to maintaining a healthy weight, puts you at a lower risk for severe periodontal infections.

Weight Control

Habits carried to adulthood from childhood have a great effect on the struggle with obesity. There are sometimes genetic factors, but it’s important to realize you are not a victim of your weight struggles. Ample resources for learning about healthy eating habits and activity choices are at our fingertips in this day and age. Set realistic goals, knowing that you are not working towards a healthy weight for your appearance (though this may be a pleasant side effect). Instead, you’ll be setting yourself up for a longer and healthier life, including a lower risk for certain dental issues.

Visit your Knoxville Dentist

Talk to Dr. Erpehbach about periodontal disease or any other dental concerns at your next checkup. Schedule your visit at our Knoxville dentist office today by calling 865-329-7815.