We all know that a healthy diet is good for our hearts, blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, and can even increase our energy levels. However, now research shows that a healthy, low-carb diet is also good for our teeth. Carbohydrates turn into sugar in our bodies and we all know that sugar is not good for us. Sugars and carbs are bad for our teeth because Streptococcus mutans, an oral bacterium that feeds on sugars and carbs, metabolize them into acids that eat away at our tooth enamel. A recent German research study has now shown that a healthy diet can reduce periodontal inflammation which is a symptom of periodontal disease.
According to a study held at the University of Freiburg, a diet high in fiber, vitamin C, vitamin D, antioxidants, and Omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce gum inflammation. The pilot study consisted of only 15 subjects, yet the results were impressive. The variable group ate only healthy foods recommended by researchers, while the control group continued on with their regular diet. At the end of four weeks, the variable group presented with significantly healthier gums than the control group.
Due to the results of the study, the researchers recommend that dentists advise their patients to eat a plant-based, low-carb diet that includes vegetables, greens, beans, and high-fiber foods; and to stay away from trans-fats, Omega-6 fatty acids, and other pro- inflammatory fatty acids, as well as high-glycemic carbohydrates such as sugar and white grain flour.
Over the years research has shown that a healthy mouth means a healthy body. Periodontal disease has been associated with heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and more. To help prevent periodontal disease from developing, brush at least twice a day, floss daily, and eat healthy foods.