Periodontal Disease: A Severe Risk for Obesity

Periodontal infections affect the teeth structures which include the alveolar bone, gums, the periodontal ligament, and the cementum covering the root. At the early stage of periodontal disease, the infection affects the gums called Gingivitis. Also, in the severe form of the disease involve all supporting tissues. The bacteria cause the major outbreak in the tooth. Due to this, periodontal diseases affect more than 40% of the population across the globe. In the past, the gum disease has been linked to other health problems. Recent studies show that the connection exists between gum infection and other dental issues, but some researchers are required to confirm these findings

However, periodontal disease has been linked to another disease such as obesity.

According to the study carried out at the New York Medical College, Medical researchers claimed that bacteria worsened the functionality of fat tissues, which has increased the rate of obesity. The researchers also found that an extract found in the kava plant (kavain) has the potential of treating the chronic inflammation in obese patients. Oral hygiene is not the only factor in obesity, but the combination of oral treatment and anti-inflammatory properties in kavain can reduce the health problems related to obesity.

Some of the basics of oral hygiene include:

Brushing

  • Brushing of teeth twice per day.
  • Make use of a suitable brush. Store in a proper place and keep it clean.
  • When brushing, practice appropriate technique.
  • Make sure you replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months or earlier if the bristles become frayed or irregular.

Flossing

  • When flossing, do not skim.
  • Be calm and gentle during flossing.
  • Take a tooth at a time.

If you find it difficult to make use of the floss, you can use an interdental cleaner like pre-threaded flosser, dental pick, a water flosser, or a silicon or wooden plaque remover and tiny brushes that reach between teeth.

In conclusion, it is worth mentioning that periodontal disease can be preventable and if proper measures are taken you can reduce the risk of severe health conditions linked to periodontal disease and obesity.

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