Can Losing Weight Lead to Increased Chances of Gum Disease?
Posted on 12/10/2018 by David Mugford
One of the most common New Year's resolution people make is to lose weight. That is normally a good thing. The problems and the issues that surround obesity are well documented.
Losing weight is something that is beneficial your health, but some may wonder if it can also cause harm. Is it possible that the risk of gum disease goes up when you are trying to lose weight? The answer depends on several different things.
Methods of Weight Loss
While losing weight can help improve health, it is also possible to do things that are harmful to the health. The way that you lose weight matters. The best way to lose weight is through proper diet and exercise. This means the body is getting the nutrition it needs without giving it things it does not need.
Many people try to lose weight through diets that do not give their body the nutrients it needs. These diets can compromise the immune system. They also can include foods that allow bacteria to grow faster in the gums. It is the growth of bacteria that can lead to gum disease. Some people also turn to diets using products that are high in acid and in sugar. These are things that can foster the start of gum disease.
Losing Weight is a Sign
There are some people that lose weight even when they are not trying to. There are plenty of reasons people lose weight. It is part of the aging process or they may have some condition that causes the weight loss. Weight loss often happens to people who have gum disease.
Gum disease can cause pain and discomfort. That pain and discomfort may lead to a person eating less and thus losing weight. If you are losing weight, recognize that you are at risk for gum disease. Take the time to talk to a dental professional to find out what the risks are and what you should do.
Contact the professionals at our office to talk to us about this or any other oral health issue you have questions about.