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Latest Research from the Journal of Clinical Periodontology

Relationship between being overweight and gum disease

We all know that being overweight can have a negative effect on our health. However the latest research has just been published that shows a clear relationship between your weight and the risk of getting gum disease.

In an extensive study undertaken at the University College London scientists have clearly shown that there is a relationship between BMI (body mass index) and the risk of periodontal disease.

Compared with people whose BMI is below 25, patients who have a BMI between 25 and 29.99 (commonly described as being overweight) are 2.6 times more likely to get gum disease and those with a BMI of over 30 (the definition for being obese) the risk is even bigger at 3.1 times. To put this into perspective that is about the same risk as smoking can have.

There is some debate about the validity of BMI as a measure of being overweight, however accepting that, this well carried out research clearly reinforces the potential long term harmful effects on our health of carrying too much weight.

We don’t want to preach but if you think you may be overweight and would like to do something about it to help improve your health then we can help. We have a Dietitian at the practice who will be able to guide you on the road to a healthier you so please get in touch if you would like some help.

There is some good news…. if you have got gum disease in the vast majority of cases it can be treated and the loss of teeth can be prevented or significantly delayed.

BMI Calculation

If you would like to work out your BMI it’s a simple calculation:

BMI = weight in kilos divided by you height in metres squared (Kg/m2)

As a guide a figure of 18-25 is considered within the normal range, 25-30 is overweight and above 30 is obese.

Or have a look at the NHS Choices website.

Rebekah Pearson
Rebekah Pearson
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