A new study shows there is a direct link between obesity and gum disease. Researchers are not sure which comes first, however, when a person is obese, their body has an increased risk of inflammation in tissues due to an elevation of cytokines. A primary symptom of periodontitis, or gum disease is inflammation. Very interesting food for thought. One more important reason to be as healthy as you can be! That includes shooting for an optimal healthy weight for your height. When you are at your best weight-wise, your risk of developing a variety of adverse health conditions will be decreased. Read more about these new findings by clicking here.