Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Obesity has been targeted as the sixth most significant risk factor worldwide that is known to contribute to both oral and other associated systemic diseases.2 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the prevalence of obesity among adults in the U.S. is 40% and 18.5% in youth with prevalence higher among middle aged adults (42.8%) than younger adults (35.7%).3 As of 2016, nearly two billion people worldwide were either overweight or obese.1 Research indicates accumulated excessive fat from being overweight or obese contributes to serious health impairments.4 World-wide obesity is associated with increased risk for chronic inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers.5,6 Increasing concerns regarding obesity-related health implications include adverse consequences on oral health, in particular periodontal disease. Systemic risk factors largely influence host susceptibility to periodontal disease, and research suggests obesity may be a risk factor.
Conover, Jean, "The Relationship Between Obesity and Periodontal Disease" (2017). Dental Hygiene Master's Papers and Projects. 5.