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Obesity, Inflammation, and Periodontal Disease

Learning Objectives:

After hearing this podcast, the listener should:

  • Understand the pathophysiological relationship between obesity, periodontitis, and other inflammatory diseases
  • Be better able to begin the conversation and to educate overweight patients about the oral and systemic health risks associated with obesity

The prevalence of obesity has increased substantially over the past decades in most industrialized countries. Obesity is defined by body mass index, that being the ratio of an individual’s body weight in kilograms to the square of their height in meters. It has also been found that obesity, specifically in a young demographic, may lead to increased odds of contracting periodontal disease.While a causal relationship between obesity and periodontal disease has not yet been established, it has been concluded that the adipose tissues actively secrete cytokines and hormones involved in the inflammatory process, which suggests a similar pathophysiology between obesity, periodontitis, and other inflammatory diseases. With these findings comes additionally responsibility for the future dentists of the United States and other developed nations where obesity represents a serious societal problem.

Related Reading:

  1. http://thenextdds.com/Articles/Perio-Systemic-Obesity-and-the-Risk-of-Periodontitis-Link/
  2. http://thenextdds.com/Articles/The-Diabetes-Epidemic--Part-I/
  3. http://thenextdds.com/Blogs/Risk-Management/The-Importance-of-Consultation-with-the-Patient-s-Physician/
  4. http://thenextdds.com/Articles/Nutrition-Concepts---Part-I/
  5. http://thenextdds.com/Articles/Nutrition-Concepts---Part-IV/
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