Obesity has been associated with higher rates of diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers, but many people are unaware of its link to tooth loss. Bad eating habits, rich in fatty foods and sugar but lacking vegetables, predispose obese patients to poor oral health and the tooth loss that can result. Understanding this connection can help patients avoid tooth loss and it complications.
According to Japanese researchers who studied 800 university graduates, individuals who were obese were more likely to suffer from gum disease and tooth loss compared to patients whose weight was normal or subnormal. Lack of vegetables, which are rich in vitamins and minerals that support oral health, can explain this connection. Fats and sugars, which are essentially empty calories, could both increase weight and supplant more nutritious foods at the same time.
Importantly, the researchers also found that overweight patients who ate plenty of vegetables had lower risks of gum disease. This suggests that obese individuals with oral health problems may improve their oral health even without losing weight as long as they consume a healthy diet. Over time, this strategy may also help patients reach their ideal weight.
The vital role of diet in oral health has been revealed by several studies. Unfortunately, many younger patients skip nutritious foods in favor of instant meals that lack essential vitamins and minerals. With the right foods, daily brushing and flossing and regular check-ups from our dentist in Houston, patients can reduce their risks of tooth loss in the long term. If tooth loss does occur, patients can learn about tooth replacements at a consultation with our expert in dental implants in Houston.
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