It’s no secret that Americans love their food. With McDonalds and Wendy’s at every corner, the fast food industry has become an expert at conforming to our demands. Portion sizes in America are typically 2-3 times the size of other countries and 30% of our population is considered obese1. When you compare that number to 8% in Italy1, it is hard to deny the ugly truth.
What do we risk by accepting this trend? Our health!
A recent study showed that the prevalence of periodontal disease among obese individuals aged 18-34 years was found to be 76% higher than for normal weight individuals in this age group2. Although there is no definite answer as to why this is, it is believed that dietary habits are to blame.
People in this age group tend to eat out more often, take in less raw fruits and veggies, and do not get as much calcium as they should.
In order to avoid dental problems caused by weight gain you should exercise regularly and maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine. A good oral hygiene routine consists of brushing twice daily for two to three minutes a time, flossing once a day and visiting the dentist at least twice yearly.
Eating right and exercising might seem like activities that only benefit your shape, but in reality they can do so much more for your health.
As you gain weight, your entire body changes, teeth and gums included. Teeth can move, bite can change and teeth can fracture. Maintaining your weight will make sure that this does not happen.
So next time you think about stopping off at the nearest fast food restaurant, consider what you are risking and ask yourself “is it worth it?”