As the United States continues to face the unprecedented growth of obesity in our population, we are learning more about the negative effects it can have on the body. What is surprising is the effects obesity can have on your mouth, too!
Recent studies have suggested a link between obesity and periodontal disease.
Obese individuals between 18 and 34 were found to have a rate of periodontal disease 76 percent higher than individuals with normal weight. While the connection between the two is complex, part of the reason may be diet.
It is important to eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as dairy products. These foods are rich in vitamins and minerals and can help prevent gum disease. Not only are these foods good for your teeth, but they are also good for weight loss and overall health.
Replacing soda and sugary drinks with water can also help keep you, and your teeth, healthy!