Extra Weight Ups Risk of Gum Disease

New research from the Harvard School of Public Health has linked obesity with gum disease.

Obese men (with BMIs above 30) had a 25% higher risk of periodontal disease than men of normal weight (BMIs from 18.5-25). The correlation also held true for other measures of obesity, including waist circumference and waist-to-hip ratio.

It’s well-known that Americans are particularly prone to being overweight, and evidence suggests the obesity epidemic is only getting bigger. And that affects all aspects of public health – including dental care.

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