BODY FAT RATHER THAN BODY MASS INDEX (BMI) IS ASSOCIATED WITH GINGIVITIS – A SOUTHERN BRAZILIAN CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY

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Journal of Periodontology April 2018 – A study done in Brazil involving 613 subjects (which is a very significant number for a dental study) evaluated association between BMI and body fat with gingivitis.

The authors concluded that a very high body fat category (obesity) rather than BMI was significantly associated with higher gingival bleeding in adults.

Gingivitis and periodontitis are inflammatory diseases triggered by bacterial infection.

If you have swelling, bleeding and redness, it’s from plaque-induced gingivitis. (why I’m on the soap-box about plaque all the time)

The conclusion of the study is that high body fat is correlated with gingivitis.

The importance of tooth brushing is beyond remineralization or having a brighter smile. It’s about preventing gum disease that is associated with other deadly diseases.

In the same April Journal of Periodontology, there were three other studies correlating gum disease with:

  • stress
  • occupational noise
  • asthma

Another study associated high blood pressure (hypertension) with tooth loss. There is no doubt the body is connected to the mouth.

Keeping your mouth clean is vital. Brushing with Tooth Soap® is a simple answer to reduce exposure of proliferating colonists.

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