Thursday, August 30, 2012

Can Fish Oil Treat Gum Disease?

Periodontitis is a pervasive dental problem and dental professionals are always looking for ways to treat and prevent it. Dr. Alison Coates from the University of South Australia along with colleagues from the School of Dentistry at University of Adelaide in Australia reviewed evidence from eight unique studies.

"I would recommend that people ensure they have a sufficient intake of long chain omega-3 fatty acids in their diet for general health," said Coates. "In Australia, these types of fatty acids are considered to be essential with ~500 mg recommended as the suggested dietary target. This equates to approximately 2 fatty fish meals per week."

The group reports indicate that fish oil may be useful in reducing periodontal symptoms, but more strategic research is still needed. Currently a study is ongoing in Australia that is testing the effects of fish oil as a possible component for periodontitis treatment.

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