Data from a study that followed some 37,000 men for 16 years showed obese adults had a 29% higher risk of periodontal disease than those at normal weight. The researchers also said men with a waist of 40 inches or more had a 19% higher risk of gum disease. A second study by the team found men and women with an elevated waist-to-hip ratio were almost six more likely to have gum disease than those without an elevated waist-to-hip ratio.

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