Hello Marble Falls dental blog visitors, welcome to the Ritchie Dental Group blog. We came across an interesting dental article for those concerned about their oral health in Marble Falls on the Web MD Health News site the other day. The article is entitled ‘Fatty Fish, Nuts May Prevent Gum Disease.’ The author, Jennifer Warner, explains that a recent study links diets high in polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) with a lower risk of gum disease.
Gum disease is a common issue plaguing many Marble Falls 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, also known as periodontitis, goes untreated, the tooth and jaw bone can be at risk. During dental examinations, we carefully measure gum line pockets and examine all teeth for gum disease.
“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.
I don’t know many families in Marble Falls that regularly eat mackerel or herring. Maybe some of us could benefit from becoming more adventurous when it comes to seafood.
Eating high PUFA foods doesn’t just improve your oral health in Marble Falls, it also has other benefits. These foods pack a nutritional punch and have myriad health benefits. The next time you are stocking up at your Horseshoe Bay grocery store, you may want to add some salmon and walnuts to your list.
It is important to understand that diet alone improve oral health in Marble Falls or prevent gum disease, however it may be an additional tool for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. If you have not been to your Kingsland family dentist in a while, I urge you to schedule an examination and cleaning today. We are currently taking new dental patients at the Ritchie Dental Group.