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Experts recommend fish oils for healthy gums

November 9, 2010

New research released in the prestigious Journal of The American Dietetic Association presents a possible new approach to treating gum disease. With 79% of adults over the age of 35 suffering some form of gum disease experts will welcome new ways to help beat this common problem. A study of over 9, 000 adults participating in the American National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey showed that those eating good levels of Omega 3 Fatty Acids were less likely to have any forms of gum disease. Specifically it was higher levels of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) that were associated with healthier gums. Omega 3 Fatty Acids are found in oily fish and some nuts and seeds and have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body.

Gum disease is the most common cause for tooth loss, and often results in patients turning to dental implants or dentures to replace lost teeth. And whilst the technology in tooth replacements, like dental implants, has improved in recent years, the treatment for gum disease has not evolved. Traditionally dentists rely on deep cleaning in clinics and encouraging good hygiene routines with flossing or inter-dental brushes. Adding Omega 3 Fatty Acids into the treatment plan is also exciting as it may be more cost effective and they are also proven to help heart disease and prevent strokes. 

Omega 3 Fatty Acids can be found in salmon, mackerel, swordfish, flax seeds and walnuts. You can also buy Omega-3 eggs in most supermarkets. Supplements are a popular way of ensuring your levels are topped up and if you are worried if you are not getting enough The Ideal Omega 3 Test Kit will give you the answers.

For anyone worried about gum disease the signs to look out for include:

  1. Red gums, rather than a pink colour.
  2. Bleeding when you floss or brush.
  3. White or yellow deposits around the gum line.
  4. Sensitive areas on the tooth where gums are receeding.

If you have any concerns speak to your dentist about them and make an appointment to visit a hygienist.

For anyone who has suffered tooth loss from severe gum disease then it’s good to know that dentures are not the only option. Dental Implants are the most natural looking and feeling tooth replacement available but it’s important to find an expert in implantology. Dr Kaman, from the Implant Centre in Budapest says: “It’s particularly important to find an experienced implant surgeon where gum disease has been the cause of tooth loss because there may be issues such as bone loss to overcome. Dental Implant technology is now highly developed and almost all patients are able to choose this tooth replacement option.”

So, now there’s three important steps to caring for your gums – grab some salmon in the supermarket and after dinner don’t forget to brush and floss!

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