More than 40% of U.S. adults are classified as obese – and that number seemingly rises every year. Aside from obesity’s health hazards – diabetes, heart disease, joint problems, and low energy – there is another unfortunate side effect of being overweight: your smile.
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If you want to turn your frown into a smile, pay attention to the following factors that negatively impact your waistline and oral health.
- High sugar consumption. Sugar and processed carbohydrates are associated with extreme weight gain, and these substances also wreak havoc on the teeth and gums.
- Gum disease. Obesity is correlated with higher rates of gum disease. Studies suggest that poor self-discipline with diet, exercise, and oral healthcare habits are to blame.
- Low-grade inflammation. If you don’t take care of your teeth, there’s a good chance your teeth and gums are undergoing constant inflammation. This also occurs in obese people, as higher fat stores are associated with ongoing inflammation.
- Diabetes-related issues. Higher weight can cause type 2 diabetes, and this disorder makes people more likely to suffer from bacterial infections. These infections can lead to tooth decay and other serious problems.
Having a high body mass index (BMI) literally weighs heavily on your smile and negatively impacts your dental health. To get your health back on track, try the following lifestyle adjustments:
- Exercise more. It’s not only beneficial for the metabolism, but vigorous exercise also improves your mood too!
- Get regular sleep. Those zzz’s are important for overall health. Weight loss can help eliminate snoring, sleep apnea, and other disorders.
- Eat whole, healthy foods. In other words, ditch the sugar and processed carbohydrates. Go for natural foods, and eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, and lean protein.
As we continue to learn more about the connection between overall health and dental health, it’s more important than ever to practice great oral health habits. Need help turning around your oral health? Stop by Dr. Dental today – with offices located throughout the New England region, we’re the #1 family dental network in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Jersey.