Being fit improves the health of your teeth and gums, you know?
Maintaining a healthy diet and physical activity are two of the most important measures for those who want to have good health and maintain balanced body weight.
A recent survey in Thailand showed that this health issue of those who are in good physical condition goes beyond what we imagined. Apparently this is something that makes our teeth and gums healthier as well.
The researchers who conducted the study had 160 people, and analysis of their health data revealed that overweight or obese volunteers (with a BMI over 23) were more likely to develop oral disease than people with the weight considered within. from normal.
People with a BMI of 25 or more were six times more likely to have periodontitis, which is a serious gum infection that, if left untreated, can damage the entire jaw area.
These overweight individuals also had more white cells in action, indicating that their immune systems were struggling to fight off some kind of infection.
The relationship between overweight and oral health lies in the fact that fat cells increase the chances of the body developing inflammatory processes, which may contribute to the onset of various diseases, including oral diseases.
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Basically, fat cells produce hormones and chemical reactions that make the body understand that the immune system is being attacked. Then white cells kick in and stimulate an inflammatory reaction - as fat cells remain present, this cycle repeats over and over.
It is because of this system of attack and defense that the health of obese people is most at risk, making them more likely to develop heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, some cancers and also dental disease.
This is not the first time that oral health studies are related to the development of other diseases - and all of them are less likely in people who eat well and who engage in some form of physical activity.
Until more research is done, what you can do is to consume natural foods (fruits, vegetables, high fiber) that are low in sodium and low in sugar. Also, getting your body moving is always a good choice - now you know that the health of your teeth thanks you as well.