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  • Obese women 2-3 times more likely to have periodontal disease


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    Monday, October 31, 2005 5:03 am Email this article
    Obese women are 2.1 times more likely to have periodontal (gum) disease than normal weight women according to a new study from researchers at Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and from Brazil. Increased risk only in non-smoking women

    The risk was only seen in women who did not smoke.

     

    NON-SMOKING WOMEN ONLY

    Non-smoking women 3.4 times more likely to have periodontal disease

    Among non-smoking women, those who were obese were 3.4 times more likely to have periodontal disease than normal weight women.

     

    MEN

    Obesity does not increase the risk for men

    There was no difference in risk men of different weights.

     

    SMOKERS

    No difference in risk among women who smoked

    There was also no difference in risk among females smokers.

     

    CONCLUSION

    Conclusion: Obesity increases the risk of periodontal disease in non-smoking women

    “Overweight was not significantly associated with periodontitis… [but] Obesity was significantly associated with periodontitis in adult, non-smoker women,” the researchers concluded.

     

    DEFINITION

    Definition of periodontal disease

    Periodontitis is an inflammation of the gums which continues for a long period of time. Eventually the gums pull away from the teeth forming a deep pocket which becomes filled with bacterial placque, and bone is lost.

    REFERENCE

    Dalla Vecchia CF, Susin C, Rosing C, Oppermann R, Albandar J. Overweight and obesity as risk indicators for periodontitis in adults. J Periodontol. 2005 Oct, 76(10):1721-28.

    AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION

    Department of Periodontology
    Lutheran University of Brazil
    Canoas, Brazil

    Department of Periodontology
    Temple University School of Dentistry
    Philadelphia, PA

    Department of Periodontology
    Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
    Porto Alegre, Brazil

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