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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.Helping prevent 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.

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Recent evidence suggests that treatment of periodontal and other gum diseases should include fish oil supplements

There is evidence that increasing the intake of the Omega 3 essential fatty acids DHA and EPA can help in the treatment of periodontal disease and other gum diseases. Whilst the general public is becoming aware of the health benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids it is not generally understood that they can also help in the prevention and treatment of periodontal and other gum diseases.

A Japanese study of older people, which is the age group of those who are more susceptible to advanced gum disease, has found that “People with low intake (of DHA) had an approximately 1.5 times higher incidence rate ratio of periodontal disease progression”.

Periodontal disease is a gum disease suffered by older people. Most people are unaware that their teeth and gums can be seriously negatively affected by advanced gum disease until it is too late. However the repercussions of serious periodontal disease can be very unpleasant, including periodontal surgery and even loss of teeth.
treatment of periodontal disease

The periodontal tissue is the tissue surrounding the teeth. It is the gums that support the teeth and as such is extremely important. Gum diseases that affect the periodontal tissue can ultimately inflame and erode the gum tissues leading to loss of support for the teeth and ultimately loss of a tooth, or more than one tooth, sometimes many.

Symptoms of Periodontitis can include gum growing between the teeth, loose teeth, pain when eating and an unpleasant taste or odor in the mouth.

The first stage of periodontal disease is called Gingivitis. Pockets of bacteria inflame the gum tissue around the roots of the teeth and form tartar, or dental plaque, on the teeth leading to inflammation. Poor oral hygiene, combined with a range of other factors can cause the onset of gingivitis. Periodontitis is the second stage and is much more serious.

Treatment of periodontal disease should of course start with prevention. However there is now growing evidence that prevention of periodontal disease should include a regime of supplementation with quality fish oil supplements. The evidence is growing that the anti-inflammatory properties of Omega 3 essential fatty acids have significant benefits in the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease.

Regular checkups with your general dentist are important, and improved oral health is very important to preventing periodontal disease. A regular visit to a good dental hygienist for a dental clean is also important. Dental patients are routinely checked for periodontal disease.

And of course regular brushing and flossing below the gum between the teeth is also very important. Pay particular attention when cleaning your teeth.

Once you have it it is very difficult to cure gum disease. It is much easier to prevent periodontal disease than to cure it. Treatment of periodontal disease once established can be expensive and unpleasant, and for this reason everyone should pay closer attention to cleaning their teeth, visiting the general dentist regularly, and also supplementing their diet with Omega3 supplements, or eating more fish.

Nonsurgical treatment of periodontal disease can include scaling and root planing. This is a deep cleaning periodontal therapy that attempts to remove areas infected with bacteria that cause dental plaque. This also is not pleasant and should be avoided where possible.

Taking Omega 3 supplements is not just about preventing or treating periodontal disease, because there are a wide range of other health benefits to Omega 3 supplementation, including a reduced risk of death from heart disease.

To read more about treating periodontal disease and gum disease using Omega 3 supplements read this study about periodontal gum disease.

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