Being overweight or obese was linked with an increased likelihood of having poor oral health in a recent study.
In the study of 160 participants, those with BMI ?23 had generally more severe periodontitis, total inflammatory dental diseases, and leukocyte counts than normal weight individuals. Patients who were obese (BMI ?25) had almost a 6-times increased risk for severe periodontitis compared with normal weight participants. Altered inflammatory molecules that are associated with obesity may play a role.
The results are published in Oral Diseases.
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S Thanakun et al, Increased oral inflammation, leukocytes, and leptin, and lower adiponectin in overweight or obesity, Oral Diseases (2017). DOI: 10.1111/odi.12679