We all know that eating healthy helps ward off obesity and a variety of diseases. However, research also shows that eating certain foods can help prevent tooth loss. Studies have shown that people who ate an anti-inflammatory diet were less prone to tooth loss.
An anti-inflammatory diet includes foods that are rich in omega-3s, fiber, and vitamin D—meaning a lot of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, plant-based proteins, and fatty fish, and less highly processed foods.
Several spices and supplements are also encouraged in an anti-inflammatory diet, such as turmeric (with black pepper, which enables it to be better absorbed by the body), ginger, and fish oil containing both EPA and DHA. As always, check with a medical professional to discuss your diet and what is best for you.
Inflammation is used by the body to fight off infections. Inflammation that is caused by exposure to bacteria and viruses is a good thing: it shows our body is fighting back to stay healthy.
However, there are times when inflammation is caused by something else, and the body begins to attach its own tissues (instead of foreign bacteria or disease). This is the type of inflammation that an anti-inflammatory diet aims to control.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, involves inflammation of the gums and the bone surrounding the teeth. This inflammation can contribute to bone loss, and in turn, tooth loss.
You can learn more about anti-inflammatory diets though the Harvard Health Publications, and WebMD. Keep in mind that every body is different, and although there are guidelines for what constitutes an anti-inflammatory diet, your body may become inflamed by certain foods encouraged on this diet. If you know or suspect you have a sensitivity to certain foods, you should do your best to avoid them, and always consult with a medical professional before adjusting your diet.
If you are concerned about inflammation of your gums, schedule an appointment with Dr. Leonard by calling 952-443-3368.