Obesity and Dental Health
Chronic obesity is a growing, and increasingly dangerous, epidemic in America . Several large studies recently have drawn clear link between Dental Health and the overall health and well-being of a person. These studies conclude that oral disease increases the risks for Diabetes, Heart Disease, Strokes, Pre-term Pregnancies and Cancer. Interestingly, a link between oral health and obesity is now being made.
First, let’s look at a few facts regarding Obesity in Children:
- 1 in 3 American children is overweight or obese
- 40% of children are obese/overweight in African American and Hispanic communities
- 50% of overweight children remain overweight as adults
- The average teen eats fast food twice/week
- 2/3 of high school children drink soda or sports drinks daily
- 1 in 4 children do not participate in any free time physical activity
- The average child spends 7.5 hours each day using entertainment media
- Each daily hour of TV watched increases the risk of obesity by 2%
- Obese children have a greater risk of:
- High Blood Pressure
- Sleep Disorder
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Low Self-esteem
- Joint Problems
- Type II Diabetes
- High Cholesterol
- Breathing Disorders
The mouth is affected by obesity in much the same way the rest of the body is.
- Blood flow is diminished to the blood vessels in the gums, making inflammation more likely and healing slower.
- Obesity-induced diabetes also affects blood flow and inflammation in the gums.
- Depression and/or low self-esteem can lead to poor oral hygiene habits and has been associated with tooth grinding.
- Excessive mouth-breathing has been shown to cause an increase risk for gum disease and tooth decay by decreasing saliva flow.
- Increased sugar intake associated with obesity leads to a much higher rate of tooth decay.
- Poor nutrition is directly related to gum disease.
About Turner Dental Care
At Turner Dental Care, we provide a wide range of dental services to meet your every need. Our Family and Cosmetic dental practice is dedicated to providing the quality treatment and care you deserve. For more information about our services or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at (949) 770-3294.