Obesity can cost you your teeth

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  1. Obesity can cost you your teeth

    Thursday February 23 2006 00:00 IST

    WASHINGTON: People who moan and groan about their weight now have an
    added reason for getting rid of their excess weight, for researchers
    have found that obesity can also endanger your pearly whites, as it is
    a significant predictor for periodontal disease.

    Robert J Genco, vice provost at the University at Buffalo, who led the
    research, said that the study also suggests that insulin resistance
    mediates the relationship between obesity and periodontal disease.

    The study found that the severity of periodontal attachment loss
    increased proportionally with increasing insulin resistance. And in
    addition, the number of teeth lost increased significantly with
    increasing levels of insulin resistance.

    Individuals in the highest insulin resistance category of the study
    lost 1.1 more teeth compared to individuals in the lowest category.

    "People who have a higher body mass index produce cytokines
    (hormone-like proteins), that lead to systemic inflammation and insulin
    resistance. We propose that chronic stimulation and secretion of
    proinflammatory cytokines associated with periodontal infection also
    occurs, contributing to insulin resistance, which may further
    predispose to diabetes mellitus," he said.

    Kenneth A. Krebs, DMD and AAP president, said that the research has
    also revealed that the gum infections coupled with obesity may
    contribute to type 2 diabetes.

    "The presence of periodontal infection combined with obesity may
    contribute to type 2 diabetes and its complications, such as coronary
    heart disease," he said.

    "Although further studies are needed, people should remember that
    living a healthy lifestyle along with daily brushing and flossing and
    visiting your oral health care provider is always in fashion," he

    The study is published in the current supplement to the Journal of