In our last article, Torrington, CT dental implant provider Dr. Kuzmin and the rest of his staff at Torrington Dental Care, wrote an article about some of the best and worst food for your teeth. Today, we want to expand a little further on the topic of food. However, this time, we want to get a little more specific.
In our last article, we spoke about how fresh fruits and veggies are some of the best things you can eat in terms of oral health. But did you know there is another food group that happens to be just as, if not more, healthy for your smile? It’s incredibly interesting and science is showing us that one popular cuisine item could be the next rock star in naturally preventative oral care. We’re talking about seafood here, people, and we could be more excited about it.
When it comes to food, everyone knows that certain items can be healthier than others for your smile. The most common knowledge consists of the fact that candy is bad for your teeth, and you should cut back on the soda intake. However, what many people don’t know is that oral health and food actually go much deeper than this. In fact, there are numerous ways you can even improve your current oral health through the means of food.
Relatively new studies surfacing from the science world are proving the above facts beyond a shadow of a doubt. One study, in particular, has really caught our attention here and that is the way that omega three fatty acids found in seafood can help improve and even heal your gum tissue.
Don’t be fooled by the name here. Despite having the word “fat” in their name, this is one type of fat you want to do everything in your power not to cut back on. Omega three fatty acids are considered to be essential fatty acids necessary for human health. If you want to thrive, you need to get plenty of these polyunsaturated fatty acids, or PUFAs, in your normal diet.
Aside from having a bevy of health benefits for the human body, including the support of healthy heart and brain function, omega three fatty acids also happen to be one of nature’s most powerful anti-inflammatories. That being said, this is where their benefit to your oral health comes into play.
It just so happens that your gum tissue plays a crucial role in not only your oral health but the success of your dental implants as well. this is because your gum tissue is one of two main components that hold those dental implants in place. The other being the bone in your jaw. Running throughout your gum tissue is an extensive vascular network contesting of thousands of tiny blood vessels that provide them with the oxygen-rich blood they need to stay strong.
However, when a person gets an infection such as gingivitis or periodontitis, this is a major inflammation of that very same gum tissue working hard to support your teeth. When your gums are inflamed, blood circulation in them is crippled. Without the proper circulation of life-giving blood, your gums will continue to decay and recede. This is how gum disease works and often times how dental implants fail.
Because seafood is rich in essential omega three fatty acids, studies have shown that a regular ingestion of this food type may help to improve the health of your gums, and, therefore, your oral health altogether. Seafood may help to lessen any current inflammation in your gums, and nothing but good can come from that.
Until next time readers, eat some seafood and keep smiling.