Fat Cells and Gum Disease

Fat Cells and Gum Disease

Nearly a third of teens are overweight or obese, and about 70 percent of those over the age of 25 are overweight or obese. Excess weight has been linked with numerous serious health conditions. Our Los Angeles dentist warns that fat has also been linked to gum disease.

Researchers at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine discovered this link after studying more than 30 people who were obese and experiencing gum disease. Half of them had undergone bariatric surgery. The average initial BMI of these patients was 39. Another group of patients did not undergo gastric bypass and had an average BMI of 35. All patients received scaling and root planing, a periodontal treatment designed to clean teeth above and below the gumline and smooth roots.

Although all patients experienced some improvement in their periodontal health, the patients who had undergone gastric bypass procedures were less likely to accumulate plaque post procedure, had less gum bleeding and greater periodontal attachment. Researchers theorized that the results could be due to insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes or inflammation.

Losing weight is good for your heart health, can reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes and may be able to improve your periodontal health. Weight loss surgery is not for everyone, but you can make positive lifestyle choices that can help you reach a healthier weight. A balanced diet with more produce, whole grains and lean proteins and daily physical activity are both excellent choices.

Our Los Angeles periodontist is committed to helping you preserve your gum health. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment.