As a family dentist in Colorado Springs, our team at Impressions Dental remains committed to providing the best patient care. To ensure our patients enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums, it’s important every patient understands the individual risks their oral health faces on a daily basis. For some patients, this may mean brushing more frequently, scheduling dental appointments more regularly, or requiring special dental care. By better understanding your unique oral health needs, you can provide your oral health the individual care it requires.
One group of patients who research has shown may require additional oral care are those who struggle to maintain their weight. Obesity and being overweight have been found linked to an increased risk of periodontist, an advanced form of gum disease. While many in the oral health industry consider increased weight gain as a potential risk factor for severe gum disease others remain uncertain about the causal relationship between these to divergent conditions.
To delve further into this possible connection, a recent study followed a group of study participants from birth periodically throughout their lives. Using anthropometric measurements and habit assessments, researchers developed in-depth data on the study participants to determine their individual risk factors for gum disease throughout their lives.
In the study, 539 participants age 31 received from periodontal examinations in 2013. The typical risk for a 31 year-old to suffer from periodontal disease without receiving any kind of dental intervention was 33.3 percent, and between 14.3 to 14.7 percent to suffer from moderate to severe gum disease. Participants who were either overweight or obese had a higher risk of all outcomes of gum disease: 11 percent for those overweight and 27 percent for those obese of a higher risk of periodontitis; 12 percent overweight and 27 percent greater risk of moderate and severe periodontitis.
When combined with other poor health habits, such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and poor diet, the risk of periodontal disease was even higher.
The results of this study found that life-course overweight and obesity increased the risk for unfavorable periodontal outcomes in the study group. This effect was greater when combining healthy weight with poor life habits, which suggested a cluster effect.
Ultimately, the study confirmed previous research that suggested links between gum disease and a patient’s weight. The results of this study further add additional evidence to the notion that our overall health plays a significant role in determining our oral health and vice versa.
As a family dentist in Colorado Springs, the team at Impressions Dental will continue to keep you informed of the latest news concerning oral health and what every patient can do to protect the health of their teeth and gums now and into the future.