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Obesity possibly linked to gum disease

Posted on November 9th, 2011 No Comments

According to research conducted by the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, how much you weigh could impact your oral health.

A study of thirty one adults who suffered from obesity showed that the ones who underwent gastric bypass surgery saw significant improvement in their oral health.

Researchers believe that the body has a more difficult time fighting off gum disease because of high amounts of fat cells in the body. The more fat cells in the body, the more sugar is in the blood. This could lead to diabetic symptoms which could make it harder for dental treatments to have an effect. Another theory is that the hormone leptin, which controls appetite, may cause inflammation.

If you or someone you love suffers from periodontal diseases, contact the Austin dental specialists of Bridgeview Dental at 512-347-8299 today.

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