How Weight Loss Affects Your Oral Health
If you are overweight, losing just 10 percent of your body weight can help improve your health, but researchers from the Case Western University School of Dental Medicine have found that weight loss can also help your smile. A study involving about 30 people who were obese and had active gum disease found that those who underwent gastric bypass surgery had better outcomes after periodontal treatment than those who did not lose weight surgically or on their own.
Both groups completed nonsurgical periodontal therapies, such as scaling and root planing. The group that had weight loss surgery had an average BMI of 39 while those who did not have surgery had an average BMI of 35. After completing periodontal treatments, the study participants received education on maintaining their periodontal health at home. All patients experienced some improvements, but the group that had surgery had less inflammation, small pocket depths and healthier gums compared to those who did not have surgery.
Gum disease can have serious consequences. It is associated with gum loss, bone loss and tooth loss, and it has been linked to diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Obesity is also linked to diabetes and cardiovascular disease. You do not need to have weight loss surgery to reap the benefits associated with weight loss. Getting some exercise every day and eating a balanced diet can help you lose weight and protect your smile. Call us to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our dentist, Dr. Frame.
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