Obesity Can Cause Poor Dental Health

At A Lighter Me, we understand the underlying problems that can be associated with suffering from obesity. It is about the whole person, not just a weight loss surgery.

Everyone knows the negative side effects associated with being overweight. For example, we have a higher chance for developing diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and overall lower quality of life. Sometimes we are so busy addressing these issues with medications that we forget to take care of our oral health as well.

Because our fat cells can directly affect our hormones, suffering from obesity and being overweight can stimulate an inflammation response inside our bodies; this affects the inflammation in our gums as well. These hormones can actually change the pH level inside our mouths, creating an increase in bacteria. Along with lifestyle risk (e.g., smoking, chewing tobacco, increased sugar intake, foods that are acidic, broken teeth, diabetes) certain medications can increase the risk of poor oral hygiene, periodontal disease, and lack of dental care.

It is extremely important that with a weight loss surgery, you also have a yearly dental evaluation and exam, and have your teeth cleaned at least two times in the first year of surgery.

We’ve partnered with one of the top dental facilities in Tijuana. In addition to your weight loss surgery, you might consider taking care of the dental work you’ve put off for so long. At A Lighter Me we offer safe and affordable dental care.