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Oral bacteria linked to Obesity

June 16, 2009

A recent study has possibly found a connection between obesity oral hygiene.  Published in the June issue of the International and American Associations for Dental Research’s Journal of Dental Research, the study has found that specific bacteria species found in saliva are very prevalent among overweight people. The press release, found here, says that those specific bacteria-types could serve as indicators of a developing overweight condition.  The researchers took saliva samples from 313 obese women and compared those bacterial populations with data found from a periodontal disease study that featured 232 healthy people.  It was found that 98.4% of overweight women share a single bacterial species at levels greater than 1.05% of the total bacteria found in saliva.  This suggests that the salivary bacteria in overweight women is different from that of healthy people, and that perhaps this oral bacteria even participates in the development of obesity. Though it’s way too early to tell which causes the other, it can’t be denied that there is a connection.  So make sure to keep your mouth clean, as proper oral hygiene can save you from a lot of trouble.  Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day, and use a good mouthwash like Eco-DenT Ultimate Natural Daily Rinse or Spry Oral Rinse to keep your mouth fresh throughout the day.  And don’t forget to have regular check-ups with your dentist!