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New Study in Journal of the American Dietetic Association Indicates Link
Healthy teeth and gums improve your smile and oral health. Most adults will have gum disease at some time in their lives. You may have it right now and not know it! Can a diet rich in foods like peanut better and salmon help? A recent study says yes!
In my Media PA dental office, I see otherwise vigorous adults with an unhappy smile due to gum disease. Gum disease not only leads to tooth loss and premature facial aging, but it has also been implicated in diabetes, heart disease and even dementia!
In a study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Volume 110, Issue 11 (November 2010), Harvard researchers found that eating polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), like those found in fish oil and nuts, may help prevent gum disease. PUFAs have anti-inflammatory properties that benefit some types of heart disease and arthritis. This study provides more evidence that these same good foods may also lower the risk of gum disease, such as inflammation and infection of the gums (periodontitis). For good oral health, I recommend foods like salmon and nuts to my Media PA dental patients.
Periodontitis is a common inflammatory disease in which sensitive gum tissue shrinks away from teeth, creating open pockets. These pockets accumulate infectious bacteria that cannot be removed by simple tooth brushing. The trapped bacteria produce toxins that lead to bleeding gums, disappearing bone and eventually, tooth loss. In my Media PA dental office, I see patients with advanced gum disease and weakened bone. They did not realize they had periodontitis because they felt no pain until their teeth started to comes loose. These researchers studied the effect of diet on oral health among 9,000 American adults who participated in this study. People with low PUFA diets had three times more periodontal disease. People with high fatty acid intake, especially DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) had the lowest incidence of periodontitis.
Polyunsaturated fats are found in fish oil, fatty fish like salmon, peanut butter, certain margarines, and all types of nuts. Modest portions were enough to lower the incidence of gum disease in the study participants. As a Media PA dentist, I recommend these foods for a healthier smile.
If you are concerned about gum disease, see your dentist soon. If you live near Philadelphia or Wilmington and would like to consult with an expert, gentle Delaware County dentist to discuss all your options, please call our office so we may assist you – (610) 565-2868.
Your oral health and dental care is important to me. Life is better with a healthy smile!
Dr. L. Z. Bodak-G
Media PA Dentist