Rapid Weight Gain Linked With Gum Disease

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012, 6:51 pm

A new study shows that tracking weight gain in men may help predict the progression of their gum disease. Previous studies have shown that obese patients have a higher risk of gum disease.

This new research showed that men who gained weight rapidly had more gum disease and faster progression of their gum disease than men who had smaller weight gains. The number of obese adults is on the rise and so is the number of people with gum disease. It is not clear whether obesity – which is considered an inflammatory condition — causes the gum disease or whether the gum disease aids in the weight gain. The study author, Dr. Andrea Gorman noted that a bidirectional relationship may exist. “Oral health has a direct impact on nutrition status, and as the U.S. has a growing malnutrition problem — which includes both under- and overnutrition — oral health will need to be factored into the patient-centered health model,” said Gorman.

Dr. Gorman emphasized that the link between poor oral health and poor diet quality is essential to providing comprehensive and improved patient care. “As the practice of dentistry evolves, practitioners should be comfortable to screen and refer patients for nutrition education and counseling, especially if there are associated chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension or obesity,” she concluded.

More research will discover whether or not gum disease causes weight gain or weight gain causes gum disease but in the immediate future we need to stick with the prevention strategies we know. That means brushing, flossing every day, eating a healthy diet, exercising and visiting your dental hygienist on a regular basis. If you already have active gum disease it can be treated to reduce the inflammation in your body.

Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 today to schedule your next visit.

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