How Obesity and Tooth Loss are Related
According to a recent Japanese study, obesity and tooth loss are closely linked. During the study, researchers evaluated eight hundred study participants. Those who were overweight or obese were more likely to experience tooth loss and gum disease compared to those who were underweight or a healthy weight. The study participants who were most likely to lose teeth were those who had unhealthy diets and consumed high quantities of fatty foods and low quantities of vegetables. Participants who ate more vegetables and a healthier diet were more likely to enjoy good dental health even if they were overweight or obese.
A healthy diet supports good dental health in many ways. Your teeth and gums need nutrients such as calcium, vitamin C, and other vitamins and minerals to stay strong. Sugary and acidic foods can cause many problems for your teeth. Sweet foods feed oral bacteria, which then attack your teeth and gums, while acidic foods and drinks can lead to enamel erosion.
A balanced diet with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can help you keep your smile healthy and your waistline trim. Other healthy habits can also work together to reduce your risk of obesity and improve your dental health. Avoid smoking and drinking to excess, and be sure to exercise regularly. Drink water and low-fat milk instead of soda or energy drinks, and visit us about every six months to a check-up. With good dental habits, you can expect your teeth to last a lifetime. Call our dental office today to learn more, or to schedule your appointment with our dentist Dr. Frame.
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