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Fish Oil Can Help Fight Gum Disease

  • July 20, 2011

COLLEGEVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA – A recent study has shown that omega-3 fatty acids can prevent gum disease.

Consuming a fair amount of omega-3 fatty acids may help fight periodontal disease, according to The Science Of Dentistry website. You can find this polyunsaturated fatty acid in foods such as salmon, flax seeds and walnuts.

Gum disease involves inflammation and infection of the gums. If left untreated, the infection can destroy tissue and bone surrounding the teeth, says Dr. David Digiallorenzo, a Pennsylvania dental implants. Tooth loss could become inevitable if it gets to this point.Studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids can reduce chronic inflammation, which is a symptom of periodontitis. Periodontitis is the most severe stage of gum disease, and bone loss and tooth movement is possible.

Omega-3 is a supplement that can fight against many disorders and diseases, especially heart disease and issues contributing to heart disease, according to information found on the University of Maryland Medical Center website.

“Gum disease can contribute to heart disease because the oral bacteria could get into the blood stream and attach to fatty plaques in the heart’s blood vessels, forming blood clots,” says Pennsylvania periodontics expert Dr. Digiallorenzo. “Clots get in the way of blood flow and restrict oxygen going to the heart.”

Our Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure cleans the mouth of oral bacteria, says Dr. Digiallorenzo, a provider of titanium dental implants. LANAP is the only FDA approved laser periodontal therapy protocol that treats gum infections.

Most periodontists agree that preventing gum disease consists of brushing and flossing consistently, but taking a step further and adding fish oil to your diet may increase your chance of preventing the infection.

The staff at our periodontics office enjoys seeing a smile on the face of our patients. We work hard to make sure your visit goes smoothly, and you receive the best care possible.

© 2011 Master Google and Dr. David Digiallorenzo