Such studies are extremely important because they can help raise the awareness upon some important issues, and people will definitely start paying more attention not only to what they eat, but also to their regular dental heath regimen.
In this study led by Swedish researchers there were involved 1,000 women who were generally middle aged (about 65 years old). The researchers started collecting data pertaining to:
- their BMI (Body Mass Index)
- their ability to chew food
- the last dental visit and treatments
- the number of teeth with untreated tooth decay
- the number of yearly dental visits
- the measurement of their waist
- whether they did struggle with the dry mouth syndrome
- and of course the exact number of available biological teeth in their mouth.
Shortly, here are two major findings from this study:
-in general, women who had less than 20 biological teeth in their mouth were most likely struggling with obesity issues, in comparison with women who had 20+ healthy natural teeth in their mouth
-those women who tended to visit the dentist only very scarcely (less than once per year), were again most likely to struggle with obesity, in comparison with women who did visit the dentist regularly for checkups (once or twice per year minimum)
The researchers only tried to find a correlation between poor oral health and obesity and they did manage to shed some light upon this problem. However, they say that the findings do not suggest that women who are obese always struggle with poor oral health, or that women with poor dental hygiene will become obese.
There are also many other studies available out there which have made a link between obesity and poor oral health. People who have very few healthy biological teeth within their mouths, are generally at a higher risk of developing obesity. The same high risk obesity is present for people who tend to visit the dentist only when there is an emergency present, rather than respecting the regular checkups.
Researchers also point out that people who struggle with obesity are less likely to pay a very thorough attention to their regular, strict daily dental health regimen. This article on the Swedish study appears in the BMC Journal of Oral Health (November Issue).