Periodontitis gum disease can even lead to heart disease. Don’t underestimate it
Periodontitis gum disease is a problem which afflicts many people. It is an inflammatory disease, or more strictly a range of diseases, that inflame the gums, and of course it is your gums that support your teeth. At its worse it can result in the loss of teeth. There is now evidence that taking fish oil supplements, or eating more fish, may help prevent periodontitis gum disease.
And it’s not just your teeth and your gums which may be suffering if you have periodontitis. It is known that this disease is also linked to an increase in heart disease, and that’s a serious matter.
A new study has examined whether the Omega 3 fatty acids DHA and EPA can help in the prevention of periodontitis. As the Omega 3 essential fatty acids are particularly effective at helping prevent inflammation in the body it would make sense that this anti-inflammatory property may well help inflammatory diseases such as periodontitis gum disease.
A total of 9182 adults participated in the study between 1999 and 2004, a significant study involving a period period of 5 years and a large number of participants. The object of the study was to see if there was an association between periodontitis and the intake of DHA, or what is technically called docosahexaenoic acid, and EPA which is technically called eicosapentaenoic acid.
DHA and EPA are the 2 primary fatty acids known as the essential fatty acids, or otherwise known as the Omega 3 fatty acids. Whilst they are found in other sources the primary source of both DHA and EPA is the oil in fish. Studies have shown that in the past our diet was higher in DHA and EPA because our diet was higher in fish, and that over the last hundred years our intake of fish, and therefore our intake of DHA and EPA has significantly reduced.
And as a result of this reduction in our intake of these important fatty acids there is evidence that this has impacted a wide range of health conditions. For this reason the American Heart Association recommends a minimum intake of the Omega3 fats. Of course this can be achieved by eating more fish, although this can be a problem due to the price of fish as well as the fact that much fish is now contaminated with industrial toxins. Another alternative is to take capsules containing fish oil.
The result of this significant study was that it was observed that, and we quote, “higher dietary intakes of DHA and, to a lesser degree, EPA, were associated with lower prevalence of periodontitis.” In other words increasing your intake of DHA and EPA can help reduce the risk of periodontitis gum disease.
That is not to say that increasing your intake of the Omega 3 essential fatty acids can help treat periodontitis once you have it, however if you already have periodontitis it would certainly be worth trying.
Not only is there the possibility that your periodontitis may improve from taking fish oil capsules, or eating a lot more fish, there is also a wide range of other health benefits to doing so.
If you have not yet discovered the importance of increasing your intake of the Omega3 fats then read any of the articles on our website to find out more about the range of health problems which may be positively impacted by increasing your intake of fish oil.
Periodontitis is a nasty disease, as we noted possibly leading to heart disease. For a wide range of health reasons you should be eating more fish, or better still using high quality Omega 3 supplements daily, because amongst other things you may well be reducing your risk of periodontitis gum disease.To find out more about Peter Click Here