Written by Dentistry Today Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:13
Fish oil could help in treating periodontitis, according to a new study.
A research team from Australia conducted eight studies on this issue. Periodontitis is an inflammation of the tissue surrounding the teeth and impacts more than half of adults.
Based on the research, fish oil combined with aspirin did provide benefits for people with periodontal disease. In fact, fish oil can aid one’s health in areas beyond dental health. That’s why it’s important for people to have a sufficient intake of long chain omega-3 fatty acids, or 2 fatty fish meals per week.
When taking fish oils, there aren’t any known side effects. When consuming excessive amounts, however, clotting time may be delayed and there could be some gastric issues. People taking blood-thinning medication should check with a doctor before using fish oils.
The evidence continues to mount that fish oil actually helps periodontal disease. There are more studies necessary, however, that would pinpoint the effectiveness of fish oil and effectiveness of the combination of fish oil with aspirin. More trials are being conducted in Australia, but fish oil could soon be used for people with periodontal disease.
The information from the study was presented at the Experimental Biology 2012 in San Diego.