Hello Carlsbad dental blog visitors, welcome to the La Costa Dental Excellence blog. We came across an interesting dental article on the Web MD Health News site the other day. The article is entitled ‘Fatty Fish, Nuts May Prevent Gum Disease’ by author Jennifer Warner. She explains that a recent study links diets high in polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) with a lower risk of gum disease.
Preventing Gum Disease in Carlsbad
Gum disease in Carlsbad is a common dental issue for many local residents. When gum tissue pulls away from a tooth, it forms a pocket. This pocket is a warm, moist place for bacteria to flourish. If gum disease in Carlsbad goes untreated, the tooth and jaw bone are at risk. During dental examinations, our team carefully measures gum line pockets and examines all teeth for signs of gum disease in Carlsbad.
Improving Your Diet with Fish
“Researchers found that people whose diets were rich in PUFAs were as much as 30 percent less likely to have gum disease than those who ate little or none of this type of fat.”
Foods high in PUFAs include salmon, tuna, trout, mackerel, sardines, herring. Oils high in PUFAs include safflower oil, soybean oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, and margarine made with the previously mentioned oils. Almonds, pine nuts, walnuts, pecans, brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and flax seeds are high PUFA nuts/seeds.
Not many families in Carlsbad regularly eat mackerel and herring, however, maybe some of us could benefit from becoming more adventurous when it comes to seafood. The possible prevention of gum disease in Carlsbad is not the only reason to eat high PUFA foods. These foods pack a nutritional punch and have myriad health benefits. The next time you are stocking up at your grocery store, you may want to add some salmon and walnuts to your list.
Interested in Scheduling an Appointment
It is important to understand that diet alone will not treat or prevent gum disease in Carlsbad, however, it may be an additional tool for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. If you have not been to your family dentist in a while, we urge you to schedule an examination and cleaning with us today. We are currently taking new dental patients at La Costa Dental Excellence. If you are interested in teeth whitening, smile makeovers, gum disease treatment, or invisible braces, call us today to schedule an appointment.
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