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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