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Link between Obesity and Tooth Loss

Link between Obesity and Tooth Loss

Obesity is a major health concern in the United States. About two-thirds of American adults are either obese or overweight, and the extra pounds have been linked to everything from cardiovascular disease and asthma, to arthritis and cancer. A recent study by the Yale School of Public Health found that access to dental care could play a role in the onset of obesity.


The study, which was published in the “Journal of the American Dental Association”, found that obesity rates dropped in areas with more dentists. Researchers evaluated information from the Robert Wood Johnson County Health Rankings and Road Maps, and found a strong correlation between access to dentists and obesity. While more research is needed to better understand the correlation, researchers theorized that dentists promote healthy behaviors and that those who schedule regular dental visits are more likely to be health-conscious.


Previous studies have linked tooth loss to obesity. When teeth are lost, eating a varied, fiber-rich diet can become more difficult. A person who is missing several teeth may find it easier to eat softer, highly processed foods, which can lead to weight gain.


A dental exam and X-rays every six months may not be enough to keep you at a healthy weight for life, but they can play an important role in overall healthy behaviors. Eat a balanced diet, brush and floss daily, and visit us twice a year to keep your smile and your body healthy. Call our office today to schedule your next checkup.


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