Risk factors for gum disease: poor nutrition and obesity

Today we continue our series on the risk factors associated with gum disease. We are committed to help preserve your smile and that means taking excellent care of your gums for life! In addition to tobacco use, medications, and stress, another risk factor for periodontal disease stems from the related factors of poor nutrition and obesity.

A diet low in important nutrients can compromise the body’s immune system and make it harder for the body to fight off infection. Because periodontal disease begins as an infection, poor nutrition can worsen the condition of your gums. In addition, research has shown that obesity may increase the risk of periodontal disease.

Your gums and the future of your smile depend on your ability to plan proactively for your dental health. If you have questions about your nutrition as related to your teeth and gums, contact Dr. Maryam Brazdo today!