Journal of Clinical Periodontology

Got Gingivitis? A Plant-Based Whole Foods Diet May Help

May 10th, 2019

As many of us know, our diet plays a huge role in our overall well-being. You may notice that your body feels differently when you eat certain foods. For instance, eating processed and fast foods often can make you feel less energized. For several reasons, opting for a healthy diet can improve your overall health. In fact, a new study points out that a plant-based whole foods diet may even improve your oral health. Researchers found that an ant-inflammatory plant-based whole food diet reduced gingivitis (inflammation of the gums).

So, what exactly is a plant-based whole foods diet? This diet’s main focus is on consuming fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, seeds and nuts, and to limit intaking processed foods and added sugars. 

The new study, published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, looked at 30 participants with gingivitis. The participants were split randomly into either a control group that was asked not to change their diet, and an experimental group, which was placed on a diet composed mainly of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamin D, antioxidants, plant nitrates, and fibers over a four week time frame. Both groups did not use floss throughout the time period of the study. They found that individuals within the experimental group had significantly less bleeding gums, greater weight loss, as well as an increase in Vitamin D. The amount of plaque recorded for both groups, however, was similar. Researchers believe that the plant-based diet may have the ability to slow the progression of gingivitis. Whereas, the common fast food and high carb diet in America may be promoting inflammation, which plays a significant role in gingivitis and periodontal disease.

But, you may be wondering: can't dietary supplements just do the trick? The American Dietetic Association (ADA) states that choosing nutritious foods is the best way to lower your risk of chronic disease, rather than just relying solely on dietary supplements. 

Your dietary choices, along with good oral hygiene practices can keep your smile heathy and glistening.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or to set up an appointment and consultation.

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