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Posted on 12/20/2018 by Office - Boone DMD
|It can be challenging to maintain a comfortable weight, but there is a tool in your arsenal that you may not expect. Can keeping a healthy mouth can help you with obtaining a healthy body?
Inflammatory InflationUnderstanding the connection between managing your weight and having a healthy mouth is most important in regards to the risks one takes of developing diabetes. There is strong evidence that poor oral hygiene can lead to chronic inflammation. This in turn causes the gums to recede, additionally increasing the risk of periodontal diseases and oral infections that can uniquely reduce your body's ability to control blood sugar.
This then goes on to interfere with the body's ability to produce insulin.
Once it reaches that stage, there are further complications that arise from the periodontal disease and inflammation interacting with lowered insulin to then further interfering with the body's insulin production. This begins escalating and increasing your risk of developing diabetes, which is known to make controlling your weight difficult (along with many other more severe health issues).
Irritation InactionEven if you do not develop or become at risk of diabetes, having injuries and sores inside of your mouth can make eating and chewing more difficult. This can lead to seeking out more calorie dense meals and meal replacements to avoid both pain and hunger in equal measure, in particular “liquid calories" like sodas and sweetened juices that are not only bad for your mouth, but harmful and confusing to your body, especially without practicing careful moderation.
Liquid calories can bypass your body's built-in receptors that indicate if you have eaten recently, leading to worsened hunger pangs even after meals, and the urge to eat or drink more caloric content to compensate for that.
There are many other ways that your body and mouth fight alongside each other to keep you healthy, both in maintaining a comfortable weight and in keeping proper dental hygiene. If you have any questions or concerns about how your oral care may be affecting your body, please reach out to us. We'd be happy to answer any questions you have!