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Obesity, not ancestry, may be linked to dental development
When people develop teeth may have more to do with whether they are overweight or obese than their genetic origins, according to a study published on March 13 in
Orthodontics and Craniofacial Research
March 16, 2023
Obesity tied to tooth loss in 1st-of-its kind study
In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers analyzed the impact of obesity on the number and position of residual teeth by age groups in a study published in
. An increase in body mass index was tied to tooth loss.
October 17, 2022
Are sugar taxes actually effective?
More than 45 countries and local jurisdictions have implemented taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages. But are these taxes effective? To find out, researchers systematically reviewed and meta analyzed existing literature in a new article published June 1 in
JAMA Network Open
June 1, 2022
Obesity ups gum disease risk by making more bone-wrecking cells
Obesity causes chronic inflammation that increases the growth of bone-destroying cells during periodontitis, according to an animal study published in the
Journal of Dental Research
. The inflammation is linked to heightened bone loss around teeth.
November 18, 2021
Where the science stands on periodontitis-obesity link
Obesity is associated with worse periodontal conditions, according to a recent literature review on the relationship between obesity and periodontal disease. Conversely, periodontal treatment appears to significantly reduce several biochemical biomarkers associated with obesity.
August 19, 2021
Want to improve sleep apnea? Trimming tongue fat may help
Reducing fat tongue may help improve obstructive sleep apnea symptoms, according to a new study published January 10 in the
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
. Researchers used magnetic resonance imaging to measure the effect of weight loss on the upper airway in obese patients, showing that a reduction in tongue fat lessened the severity of symptoms.
January 9, 2020
Review suggests link between perio disease, obesity
Does body weight affect the likelihood that a patient may have periodontal disease? Evidence suggests it does, according to a recent review published in the
British Dental Journal
December 11, 2019
Infographic: A closer look at obesity in the U.S.
Nearly 40% of the U.S. population is now classified as obese, but the rate of obesity varies widely across different U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Personal finance website WalletHub compiled nutrition and obesity data in the U.S. to better map the differences among the states.
November 25, 2019
Consuming sweet, acidic drinks linked to obesity, tooth wear
Increased consumption of sugary soft drinks may be a leading cause of tooth enamel and dentine erosion in obese patients, and excessive body fat also is linked with tooth wear, according to a study published October 28 in
Oral Clinical Investigations
October 27, 2019
Snack taxes could be more effective than soda taxes
You've likely heard about taxes on soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages, but what about one on sugary snacks? A new study from
found that raising the price of cookies, cakes, and other sweets could benefit public health.
September 12, 2019
Kids' oral microbiota composition may predict obesity
Obese adults and adolescents are thought to have certain gut and oral microbiota variations, but less is known about the corresponding relationships in young children. As part of a larger study on obesity prevention, researchers examined the relationship between these bacteria in toddlers and childhood weight gain.
October 3, 2018
Study: Stronger link between periodontitis and diabetes in men
Are men and women with type 2 diabetes just as likely to have periodontal disease? Periodontitis and type 2 diabetes share a connection, but men and women are diagnosed with them at different rates, so investigators sought to determine whether there was a link.
June 3, 2018
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