Omega-3 Another Natural Gum Disease Remedy

Aug 20, 2014, by Dr. Becky Coats

We didn’t realize that at the same time we were writing about natural supplements that help gum disease, a brand-new study had just been published that added support to previously modest results showing that omega-3 fatty acids, especially DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) could significantly improve the health of gum tissues affected by periodontitis.

Significant Gum Disease Improvement

This study randomly divided 55 people with moderate periodontitis between receiving a soy/corn oil placebo pill or an omega-3 supplement (2000 mg). Participants were given a daily dose of aspirin (81 mg, also proven to benefit gum health), but no other gum disease treatments were used over the three months of the study.

When the two groups were compared on a wide variety of measures of gum disease severity, it was found that the group taking omega-3 supplements were significantly better in terms of pocket depth, gum index, and levels of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, which is a sign of inflammatory disease. Plaque index and bleeding on probing was the same for both groups.

Confirming Earlier Results

This study builds on earlier results that showed people who received scaling and root planing

people benefited significantly from taking omega-3 supplements. People who took omega-3 supplements  and aspirin had more reduction in pocket depth and more increase in gum attachment than those who didn’t.

Natural Sources of Omega-3 Acids

If you are looking for natural ways to increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids to help maintain gum health, here are some of the foods you can add to your diet:

  • Pasture-raised meat and dairy
  • Enriched eggs
  • Edamame
  • Wild rice
  • Walnuts
  • Canola oil
  • Flaxseed
  • Black beans and kidney beans
  • Seafood

Adding or increasing these foods in your diet can help you maintain healthy gums.

However, remember that omega-3 is in no way a substitute for getting regular check-ups to prevent gum disease or getting actual gum disease treatment if you develop periodontitis.

If you are suffering from periodontitis and need a dentist, please call 817-442-3331 for an appointment with a Grapevine dentist at Grapevine Dental Care.