A new study found that men and women who get daily amounts of omega-3 fatty acids significantly reduce their risk of developing gum disease.
Omega-3 fatty acids are important to your oral health in two ways. First off, previous research shows that low doses of EPA, DHA, and ALA (all forms of omega-3 fatty acids) block the growth of oral pathogens, such as Streptococcus mutans, Candida albicans, and Porphyromonas ginigivalis.
The latest study shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation in your gums. And that‘s a big deal. In fact, scientists believe it explains why men and women who ate foods containing moderate amounts of DHA and EPA were 20 percent less likely to develop gum disease.
According to lead author Dr. Asghar Naqvi, Harvard Medical School, "To date, the treatment of periodontitis has primarily involved mechanical cleaning and local antibiotic application. Thus, a dietary therapy, if effective, might be a less expensive and safer method for the prevention and treatment of periodontitis."
"Our results also suggest that DHA ([in] doses recommended by the American Heart
Association ...) may be as or more potent in influencing periodontitis," continued
The easiest way to get plenty of DHA and EPA is with a fish oil supplement. Take it with meals to avoid the fishy aftertaste. Also, to combat the free radicals produced by the omega-3s in fish oil, take 400 IU of vitamin E along with it. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that will zap unwanted free radicals. Just look for all-natural vitamin E with mixed tocopherols.