Gum health & diet

(via Wiley.com) We’re always on the lookout for connections between oral wellness and overall wellness, so we were intrigued by a new study published in April suggesting a healthy diet may help people maintain healthy gums. A plant-based whole food diet reduced some sings of gum disease in a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology. For the trial, 30 patients with gum disease were randomized to an experimental and a control group.

The experimental group changed to a diet low in processed carbohydrates and animal proteins, but rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamin D, antioxidants, plant nitrates, and fibers. They stuck to this diet for four weeks. The control group didn’t change their diet.

Although there were no differences in plaque, the group eating the whole food diet experienced a significant reduction in gum bleeding. “Study results clearly demonstrate the possibility to naturally reduce gum disease by an optimized diet that also promotes general health,” said lead author Dr. Johan Woelber, of the University of Freiburg, in Germany.

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