Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Link Between Healthy Weight & Healthy Gums

This recent Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine study found that the human body is better at fighting off gum disease when fat cells, which trigger inflammation, are absent.

Inflammation that continues to worsen can have harmful effects over time. Inflammation from gum disease can erode bone and lead to tooth loss. It can also cause openings in the gums which can allow harmful oral bacteria to enter the blood stream. Having this type of bacteria in the body have been linked to preterm birth, fetal death, heart disease, diabetes and arthritis, according to Nabil Bissada, chair of the Dept. of Periodontics at Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine.

There are a couple of varying hypothesis about the cause of the correlation, but having a healthy weight is a good thing no matter what. Here at Kurz Family & Cosmetic Dentistry we care for you teeth and gums to ensure they are healthy.

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