#1 Lose Weight
Losing weight is one of the most popular resolutions every year. It’s with good reason, too. Carrying extra weight can lead to numerous health problems, like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and more. But did you know that being overweight is also bad for your teeth?
It’s true: being overweight can increase your risk of gum disease, the leading cause of tooth loss among American adults. We’re not exactly sure why. It could be because of diabetes, which does increase gum disease risk. However, the link could be systemic inflammation. Local, acute inflammation is part of the healing process, but chronic, systemic inflammation can lead to numerous chronic health problems.
Gum disease is partly an infection of your gum tissue, but it’s also partly due to your body’s outsized reaction to the infection, which speeds up the destruction of the bones around your teeth. Systemic inflammation could make your immune system more likely to escalate its response to oral bacteria in this damaging way.
The relationship can be both ways, too, as an unhealthy mouth can contribute to weight gain.