Obesity & Gum Disease Linked


Princeview Dental, your family dentist in Etobicoke, recommends that our patients maintain good oral health. However, we also recommend that our patients maintain an exercise regimen and healthy diet as well.

A recent study by Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio found that there is a link between obesity and gum disease by looking at the diet of a group of 18-to-34-year olds. Gum disease is common in adults over 55 and can lead to tooth loss and other health problems. As a family dentist in Etobicoke with over 20 years of experience, the staff at Princeview Dental advises our patients to maintain good oral health in conjunction with a good diet.

Out of the group the study looked at, the subjects who were overweight or obese were far more likely to suffer from gum disease than the individuals who maintained a healthy lifestyle. As an Etobicoke dentist with friendly and efficient staff, we take the time to recommend that our patients take a look at their diet and activity level and see if there is anything they can improve on.

The researchers speculated that the link between obesity and gum disease may have to do with one’s diet. Young adults in the study group tended to consume less milk and drink more soft drinks and non-citrus juices, leading to a lack of vitamin C and calcium in their diet. This in turn has a negative effect on their oral health, since calcium and vitamin C are essential for protecting against gum disease. Soft drinks and non-citrus juices also tend to be high in sugar, which causes people who consume large quantities and don’t exercise to gain weight.

As a family friendly dentist in Etobicoke, we tell our patients that there are ways they can prevent gum disease, starting with brushing and flossing twice a day and visiting us for a check-up every six months. If you’re experiencing any problems with your teeth, such as bleeding or pain when you brush, let us know immediately.

You can maintain good oral health with your diet as well. Avoid soft drinks and non-citrus juices, as well as with any foods that are high in sugar. Instead, eat healthy fruits for a sweet treat and exercise for at least one hour once a day.

Princeview Dental, the family-friendly dentist in Etobicoke, tells our patients that if they follow this course of action, they’ll enjoy good oral and physical health.


“Link Between Obesity And Gum Disease,” TeleManagement web site, October 26 2013; http://www.tele-management.ca/2013/10/link-between-obesity-and-gum-disease/.

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Dr. Janice Mummery

I grew up in Toronto and graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science degree and Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. I associated for 2-1/2 years before starting my own practice in Toronto. My practice was relocated to Kingsway since from 1995 under the name of Princeview Dental Group. I offer all aspects of general dentistry to every member of the family. Personally I am very involved in organized dentistry as a volunteer in the West Toronto Dental Society where I have served in various council positions and also at the provincial level, serving on council and committees at the Ontario Dental Association. Currently I am also on the executive of the Toronto Academy of Dentistry. I am married with two beautiful daughters. I am very active at my local church serving on many committees and participating in the senor choir. Add me to your G+