Dental Health News: Extra Weight Ups Risk of Gum Disease

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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