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Are Obesity and Gum Disease Linked?

Teeth and Gums Roswell, GA

It is already understood that the health of your gums is highly influenced by the health of your body, and vice versa. Untreated gum disease has been linked to stroke, heart disease, premature birth and other serious health conditions. But could your body weight play a role in your periodontal health?

A recent study at New York Medical College believes to have found a correlation between periodontitis (advanced gum disease) and obesity. According to the NYMC professor of medicine and pharmacology Nader G. Abraham, PhD, DrHC, DrHC, “for the first time ever we found evidence that bacteria can affect fat cells.”

In this “first of its kind study,” researchers discovered that fat cells can display an inflammatory reaction when under attack by viruses or bacteria. In those who are overweight or obese, this inflammation can lead to type 2 diabetes. The research at NYMC was carried out by giving mice a form of bacterium responsible for periodontitis (Porphyromonas gingivalis) and then tracking the resulting tissue inflammation. The researchers saw that the bacteria had impacted the operation of the fat tissue inside the mice.

While gum disease can have profound influences within the mouth, the effects within the body are just as disturbing. If you notice signs of gum disease, it is imperative that you take action sooner rather than later. Symptoms such as puffy, bleeding or red gums indicate gingivitis, which is the first and most treatable stage of gum disease. If allowed to progress into periodontitis, the consequences get much more dire. To avoid tooth loss as well as potential cardiovascular disease and diabetes, it is critical that you keep your gums in ideal shape.

How do you keep your gums in good health? Regular brushing and flossing at home as well as routine exams with your dentist. If you smoke, have a family history of gum disease or carry other high risk factors, it may be best to see your dentist more often than every six months. Call Dr. Mitzi Morris today and let us evaluate your gum health!

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Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C
  • I have never experienced an office so down to earth, so outgoing and so willing to satisfy. If you've grown to dread the dentist then lay down your sword and give this office a shot.

    Marc Mamane

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