Half of all Americans have periodontal disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it’s not just a matter of nasty breath. The chronic inflammation of the gums caused by bacteria can mean tooth loss, and bone resorption (where the calcium inside bones is released into the blood).
A new study published in the Journal of Dental Research suggests that long chain omega-3 fatty acids like docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) may be powerful tools in fighting periodontitis.
Several research studies have suggested that periodontal disease is connected to variety of other diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. Scientists believe that inflammation may be the basis for the link between these systemic diseases.
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Scientists conducted a three-month long double-blind, placebo controlled trial with 55 adults with mild periodontitis. All received 81 mg of aspirin. Half the participants also received 2,000 mg of DHA daily.
The researchers found that “DHA supplementation significantly improved periodontal outcomes in people with periodontitis, indicating its potential therapeutic efficacy.”
What a way we’ve come with gum health from the first toothbrushes made of bristles from hogs. Not long ago, dentures were common wedding gifts in the U.K. because so many people expected to eventually lose their teeth and often just had them extracted at an early age to get it over with. Speaking of dentures, new research suggests omega-3s may help the minds of older people who wear them, as well as the gums. New research suggests PUFAs may help sharpen the cognitive abilities of elderly people who feel they’re losing their memory.