Obesity linked to Gum Disease, according to 2003 Study

According to a 2003 study published in the Journal of Periodontology, gum disease (periodontitis) is more common in obese young adults. Gum disease is an infection of the gums, bone, and tissues that surround and support the teeth. Gum disease exposes your teeth and their roots to bacteria, increasing the risk of tooth decay. Gum disease is also one of the leading causes of tooth loss among adults.

Head researcher Mohammed S. Al-Zahrani, MDM and colleagues analyzed the frequency of gum disease in more than 13,000 adults over the age of 18. The results were shocking…

  1. 14% of those analyzed had gum disease
  2. Obese individuals between the ages of 18 and 34 were 76% more likely to have gum disease

Are you at risk for Gum Disease? There is only one way to find out: visit your dentist!

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care: Your Catonsville Dentists

At the very least, you should visit the dentist at least twice a year. During these visits, not only will your dentist or dental hygienist clean your teeth, but they will also look for the warning signs of gum disease.

At Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, we provide unparalleled dental excellence and treat our patients as members of our family. We offer high quality, comprehensive dental care. We set a very high standard for our care and we are very proud of the treatment that we have provided for you.

If you have any questions about Obesity & Gum Disease or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.


  1. Obesity Leads to Gum Disease WebMD
  2. News release, American Academy of Periodontology. Journal of Periodontology, May 2003. WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: “Gum Disease.” WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: “Obesity.”
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