SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – Obesity is a common problem in America. The CDC reports 35.7 percent of American adults are obese, and 17 percent of children are obese. Obesity can trigger other serious health issues, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain cancers. New research published in the January/February issue of General Dentistry suggests that obesity is also a risk factor for periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease, like obesity, has also been linked to cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The cyclical nature of periodontal disease and diabetes can disturb your oral and overall health. Raised blood sugar levels can make your periodontal disease harder to control, and the presence of periodontal disease can make it difficult to manage your blood sugar levels.
At Larson Dentistry, we treat patients with early and advanced periodontal disease, though you’ll have an easier time eradicating it in its early stages. Advanced periodontal disease can even cause you to lose teeth. San Francisco teeth implant dentistry can replace your missing teeth and help you regain normal oral functions. We offer sedation dentistry options to keep you comfortable, relaxed and pain free.
Researchers continue to search for the exact link between obesity and periodontal disease, and this study gives us a little more insight into the problem.
“Obese individuals’ bodies relentlessly produce cytokines, proteins with inflammatory properties,” says lead study author Dr. Charlene Krejci. “These cytokines may directly injure the gum tissues or reduce blood flow to the gum tissues, thus promoting the development of gum disease.”
Crooked or crowded teeth can also contribute to the development of periodontal disease. Crooked teeth are more difficult to keep clean, giving plaque and bacteria more places to hide. We offer Invisalign and Invisalign Teen to help straighten your smiles and improve your oral health.
You also have a higher risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea if you’re obese or overweight. OSA causes you to stop breathing during sleep, and you’ll most likely wake up gasping for breath. Sleep apnea can cause serious problems such as daytime exhaustion, trouble concentrating, sexual problems and even cardiovascular disease. Dr. Greg Larson is a skilled SF dental sleep apnea expert, and he evaluates each patient’s need individually. Some of you may benefit from a custom nighttime orthotic that encourages normal breathing during sleep.
We encourage our patients to live long, healthy lives, and good oral health is an important component. While regular brushing, flossing and professional dental care are extremely important, your diet is key, too. Eat a nutritious diet full of vegetables and fruit to enjoy good oral and overall health. Limit your intake of refined sugars and acidic sodas; this will help prevent obesity and keep your teeth and gums healthy. We are always here to answer your oral health questions and to provide painless dentistry.
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