San Jose Dentist Discusses Fish Oil as Gum Disease Therapy

Periodontal (gum) disease affects over half of all adults in America. It is also the number one cause for adult tooth loss in America.  An increasingly large body of research has also shown that there is a link between the presence of gum disease and some serious systemic health issues, including diabetes, heart disease, and dementia (i.e., Alzheimer’s disease). In the search to understand the connection between oral health and physical well-being, Dr. Alison Coates, from the University of South Australia, reviewed evidence of eight unique oral health studies. The studies showed interesting results involving fish oil and periodontal disease. Dr. Randall LaFrom, your San Jose dentist, explores the possibility of fish oil as an adjunct therapy for gum disease.

The Benefits of Fish Oil

Fish oil supplements have been popular for generations as an aid for cardiovascular health. The omega-3 fatty acids found abundantly in fish and fish oil supplements have proven beneficial for slowing the buildup of plaque in arteries (helping prevent atherosclerosis), as well as lowering blood pressure. In some cases, fish oil has also been known to reduce certain inflammatory chemicals, which may explain its potential to combat gum disease, which is marked by red, inflamed, and bleeding gums.

Suggestive Evidence

The studies that Dr. Coates and her colleagues reviewed involved improvements in clinical measures across the board. However, the two most scientifically significant participants used a combination of fish oil supplements and aspirin. The results are not definitive, but research is already underway in Australia to investigate the effectiveness of fish oil as a supplement.

In the meantime, you can still significantly lower your chances of developing gum disease by maintaining a strong and healthy mouth. To learn more about maintaining your oral health, or to schedule a consultation with your Dr. LaFrom at our Cupertino dentist office, call (408) 996-8595. We serve patients from Saratoga, Campbell, Sunnyvale, San Jose, and Santa Clara County.

~ by cupertinodentist on September 11, 2012.

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