Diet and periodontal disease, what should we advise our patients?
“Browsing through the Journal of Clinical Periodontology recently (as you do!) I was struck that there were FIVE articles in one journal relating to nutrition and periodontal disease.” Ros O’Leary
How often have patients sat in our chairs over the years and told us that they had read that taking Q10 or some other food group could help their gums? Or what to say when a patient asks you how they can help their periodontal condition through diet /lifestyle? The internet is full of advice about healthy diets https://nano-b.com/blogs/news/the-30-best-food-for-healthy-teeth-and-gums
I have always stayed on the vague side of… ‘periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease, and like all chronic diseases, genetics play the central part, but a healthy diet /low inflammatory diet can only help the manifestation of periodontal disease. There is some evidence that high carbohydrate and high fat intake could contribute to a pro-inflammatory and prooxidative state which is a crucial driver of the chronic inflammation pathway.
Download this literature review which condenses many of the latest literature on this controversial subject.
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