Health benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids for your teeth and gum

May 15th, 2011 by Dr. Subba Rao | Posted under General, Home Remedies.

The omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil that protect our heart is also proved to be good for our teeth and gums. A new study reports that relatively modest amount of omega 3 fatty acids in your diet associated with significant decrease in risk of gum disease.

People consuming the most DHA, one of the principle omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, were 22 % less likely to suffer gum disease. Omega-3 fatty acids suppress the inflammatory response that leads to gum disease. This is the low cost way to prevent your gum disease so why don’t you try it out. The new study backs up similar findings in animals. For example, earlier this year, University of Kentucky scientists also found that relatively low doses of omega-3s put the brakes on the growth of gum disease-causing bacteria in mice. That was the first study that clearly showed omega-3s appear to have a direct anti-bacterial effect on oral pathogens.

The prevalence of periodontitis in the study sample was 8.2 percent. There was an approximately 20 percent reduction in periodontitis prevalence in those subjects who consumed the highest amount of dietary DHA. The reduction correlated with EPA was smaller, while the correlation to LNA was not statistically significant. Sources of omega-3 fatty acids rich fish are sardines, mackerel and swordfish. The vegetarian source for omega-3 fatty acid is some nuts and seeds such as walnuts and flax seed.

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