Polyunsaturated fats (like those found in peanut butter, salmon, nuts and margarine) have been shown to help prevent health problems like heart disease; Dr. Ken Versman and Dr. Doug Heller of Periodontal Associates Denver - Aurora, CO want you to know that new evidence shows that those same foods can help stave off gum disease too!
In fact, a recent study found that people who consumed the most fatty acids had a 30% reduced risk of gum disease.
Here is more information about the study:Periodontal (gum) Disease, a common inflammatory disease in which gum tissue separates from teeth, leads to accumulation of bacteria and potential bone and tooth loss. Although traditional treatments concentrate on the bacterial infection, more recent strategies target the inflammatory response. In an article in the November issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, researchers from Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health found that dietary intake of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) like fish oil, known to have anti-inflammatory properties, shows promise for the effective treatment and prevention of periodontitis.
"We found that n-3 fatty acid intake, particularly docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), are inversely associated with periodontitis in the US population," commented Asghar Z. Naqvi, MPH, MNS, Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. "To date, the treatment of periodontitis has primarily involved mechanical cleaning and local antibiotic application. Thus, a dietary therapy, if effective, might be a less expensive and safer method for the prevention and treatment of periodontitis. Given the evidence indicating a role for n-3 fatty acids in other chronic inflammatory conditions, it is possible that treating periodontitis with n-3 fatty acids could have the added benefit of preventing other chronic diseases associated with inflammation, including stoke as well."
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Drs. Versman and Heller of Periodontal Associates in Aurora, CO serving the Denver Metro and surrounding area with a focus on dental implants for the replacement of missing teeth, and the treatment of gingivitis and periodontal (gum) disease to restore patients' oral health. To schedule a free dental implant consultation, please call our office at (303)755-4500.