August 20, 2013

Metabolic Syndromeand Toothbrushing

We've talked before about adults being "apple" vs "pear shaped" and the health hazards that come with "pear shaped" being termed "Metabolic Syndrome."  The main hazards are higher rates of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  Inflammation has been strongly related to metabolic syndrome (MetS).  Periodontal disease is the most common chronic infection in adults.  As reported in the Journal of Dental Research (Epub 2/29/12) a study of 925 people for three years, increased toothbrushing frequency was related to lower hypertriglyceridemia and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein.  The study found that more frequent toothbrushing is related to lower prevalence and incidence of MetS.  The results suggest that more frequent toothbrushing may contribute to the prevention of MetS due to the inflammation/triglyceride pathway.

The syndrome can best be identified by studying blood sugar levels over a three month period.  Ask your doctor for recommendations on how you can stay healthy!

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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