In this post from Crystal Dental Group in High Point NC, we would like to share some information from an article called “Fatty Fish, Nuts May Prevent Gum Disease.”
In the article, author Jennifer Warner explains that a recent study links diets high in polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) with a lower risk of gum disease.
Gum disease is a common dental ailment for many men and women. When gum tissue pulls back from a tooth, it forms a pocket. This pocket is a warm, moist place for bacteria to flourish. (You know what they say about Nature abhorring a vacuum.)
If gum disease (periodontitis) goes untreated, the teeth and jaw bone are in jeopardy. During dental examinations, we measure gumline pockets and examine all teeth for gum disease.
“Researchers found that people whose diets were rich in PUFAs were as much as 30 percent less likely to have gum disease than those who ate little or none of this type of fat.”
Foods abundant in PUFAs include salmon, tuna, trout, mackerel, sardines, herring. Oils high in PUFAs include safflower oil, soybean oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, and margarine made with the previously mentioned oils. Almonds, pine nuts, walnuts, pecans, brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and flax seeds are high PUFA nuts/seeds.
The possible prevention of gum disease is not the only reason to eat high PUFA foods. These foods pack a nutritional punch and have a plethora of health benefits. The next time you are stocking up at your grocery store, you may want to add some salmon and walnuts to your list.
It is vital to understand that diet alone will not treat or help you avert gum disease. It may, however, be an additional tool for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
Contact Crystal Dental Group:
Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):