Obesity and Its Connection to Tooth Loss
Obesity has been linked to osteoarthritis, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. A new study reveals that it may also be associated with a higher risk of tooth loss. The study, which evaluated about 800 university graduates, evaluated participants’ eating habits and dental health.
According to researchers, those who ate fatty foods and few vegetables were at the highest risk of suffering from tooth loss and other dental problems. This group was also more likely to be overweight. Those who were overweight but ate a healthy diet were less likely to suffer from gum disease while those who were at a healthy weight or underweight were the least likely to suffer from dental problems.
About 70 percent of American adults are either overweight or obese, and a substantial percentage of them do not eat a healthy, balanced diet but instead rely on processed food, fast food, alcohol and fatty meals. This can affect not only their waistlines but also their smiles.
Your teeth need the nutrients found in a balanced diet. Processed food often lacks the calcium, vitamin D and other vitamins and minerals your teeth and gums need to stay strong and healthy. Over time, this can increase the risk of enamel erosion, tooth decay and gum disease, each of which can ultimately lead to tooth loss.
Restorative dentistry can repair damaged teeth or replace lost teeth, but you can take steps to preserve your own natural teeth. Good dental hygiene combined with a balanced diet with fresh, whole foods can be your best defense against dental disease. Call us today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our team.
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