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How Oral Health and Weight Are Connected

Posted on 7/20/2018 by JJ Perkiomaki
How Oral Health and Weight Are ConnectedGood oral health is an important component of a healthy lifestyle. What many people don't know is that good dental health is also an important way to maintain a healthy weight. Read on to find out how the health of your mouth and your weight might be connected.

Dental Hygiene and Weight

New research has identified a potential link between obesity and gum disease. Inflammation from gum disease can cause stress in the body, resulting in circulatory and metabolic problems. These issues can ultimately harm a person's attempts to lose weight.
Fortunately, gum disease is entirely preventable as long as you brush regularly and floss your teeth at least once per day. You should also see your dentist every six months so that plaque and tartar can be cleaned from the gum line.

Alcohol Consumption

Another issue connecting your oral health and your weight is alcohol consumption. Regular drinking can lead to dry mouth, which often results in dental complications. When your mouth is dry, you don't have enough saliva to keep the teeth clean and to wash away debris. This can lead to cavities, enamel erosion, and other oral health issues.

Likewise, alcohol is full of empty calories. Not only will it harm your oral health, but these calories can add up to excess weight. While the occasional drink is no cause for alarm, it is important that you monitor your alcohol consumption closely.

Food Choices

Your diet is a major factor in your oral health as well as your weight. Some of the same foods that can present problems with your teeth can cause issues with your weight, including starches, sugary drinks, pasta, and bread. When these foods are removed from your diet, your weight and oral health should improve.

Make your oral health a priority this year. Call us today to set up your next dental appointment and cleaning.

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