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Can Your BMI Affect Your Gum Health? Maybe, Says Study

August 21, 2017
Posted By: Nick Schulte, DDS
Oral Health Saint Paul MN

The more we learn about the link between oral health and overall health, the more we realize that all the systems in our bodies are interconnected. This is known as the oral systemic connection, and it tells us there's never been a more important time to make your oral health a priority.

Now studies are showing us that obesity may be a factor in periodontal health. The information researched revealed that gum disease was more prevalent in the obese patients tested, which means that insulin resistance may be playing a role in periodontal health. Your dentist in St. Paul, MN is here to discuss how to protect your oral health, and in turn your overall health and well being.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Essentially an infection of your soft tissue and bone, periodontal (gum) disease is very common among American adults, in fact, it's the leading cause of tooth loss for adults. Gum disease is tricky to diagnose because it progresses slowly at first, without any pain or symptoms. Some early signs of gum disease to be aware of are:

  • Gums that appear irritated, red, or swollen
  • Chronic bad breath that doesn't go away
  • Gums that bleed when you brush your teeth

If you notice these symptoms, you may be suffering from gingivitis, which is the early stage of gum disease. This is the right time to contact your dentist and schedule a cleaning and checkup because gingivitis can often be successfully managed and sometimes even reversed at this point.

Treating Gum Disease

Your first line of defense against gum disease is your routine visits every six months with your dentist and hygienist. We will screen you for periodontal disease and other issues at every checkup, and during your cleaning, we'll remove the excess plaque buildup that contributes to gum disease. Gingivitis can often be managed successfully with a professional cleaning and improvements to your home care routine. Periodontitis requires a deeper cleaning that can reach below the gum line and remove the plaque and tartar buildup that caused your infection.

Contact Our Highland Park Dental Clinic

Your team at Brimhall Dentistry can help you protect your oral health. Our goal is to educate you about your oral health, and we're always happy to share new information as we learn about it. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment. 

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