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A regular dose of fish oil has been proven to have many health benefits, like:

  • Protection from fetal injury during pregnancy.

  • Prevention of Alzheimer’s, cancer and some mental issues.

  • Relief from the symptoms of psoriasis.

But now scientists are hoping to have found a new benefit: treatment of periodontitis.

A Little Fish Oil Couldn’t Hurt

Periodontitis, or periodontal disease, often presents itself to sufferers through some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Bleeding, red, inflamed gums that are sensitive to the touch.

  • Gum recession and what looks like lengthening of the teeth.

  • Sometimes, in more severe cases, loose teeth and eventual loss of teeth.

Scientists looked at and analyzed eight different studies done on humans when deciding whether or not fish oil would help in alleviating these symptoms. They found that fish oil, especially when paired with aspirin, helped fight periodontal disease and those who used it experienced faster recovery. Because there are no side effects associated with fish oil consumption, and because it is nearly impossible to misuse the supplement, doctors and scientists recommend working it into your diet just in case. The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil are thought to help in reducing inflammation throughout the body and accordingly gums with periodontitis.

Another trial of the same study will be held in Australia to more clearly map out the effect fish oil has on periodontal disease.

Remember that fish oil is not a replacement for a diagnosis and professional help! Call Dr. D’Alfonso of Lakeway Cosmetic Dentistry today and schedule an appointment, taking another step towards a smile you’re proud of!