Omega 3 Fatty Acids Now Linked To Reduction In Gum Disease

Dr. Gerald Curatola is the founder of Rejuvenation Dentistry, and also works as a clinical associate professor at the NYU College of Dentistry. Some of his more recent research has begun to show a clear connection between inflammation and gum disease. Though its not entirely clear whether its a two-way street, the link is there. After a 5 year study of 9,000 adults it became clear that those with diets rich in omega 3 fatty acids had a much lower chance of having periodontal disease. When the study began, 8% of the participants had gum disease, though they were much less likely to have advanced forms like periodontal disease in the cases where they had listed diets rich in antioxidants like omega 3s.   Inflammation is a major cause of disease and death in the human population. Its long been known that there were connections between chronic inflammation and diseases like diabetes and heart disease, and its evident now more than ever that gum disease can be a major contributor to inflammation. When the gums become inflamed, they are more vulnerable to penetration of bacteria and plaque entering the bloodstream. This can affect numerous other parts of the body. The converse of this is also true, as general inflammation in the body can also contribute to gum disease. It seems that the best option to avoid excess risk of these conditions altogether is to adopt a diet rich in Omega 3 foods, as they have been historically known to help reduce inflammation.    

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