Posted on 3/20/2016 by Richard Morales
|Research has shown that the Mediterranean Diet can benefit overall health in a variety of ways. An extensive, ten-year study found that such a diet can lower the risk of heart disease, and other findings have determined that adhering to a Mediterranean way of eating could reduce the risk the development of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Now, new information is showing that many of the foods in the Mediterranean Diet can actually give you stronger and healthier teeth.
Olive oil is a staple with the Mediterranean Diet, and when it comes to your mouth, olive oil is helpful because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown that oil contains a compound that is helpful in inhibiting bacteria and their ability to attach to the teeth.
Nuts - especially walnuts - have been found to be extremely beneficial for the mouth. They have healthy, monosaturated fats that can reduce the inflammation attributed to gum disease. Nuts also contain phosphorus and magnesium, both of which are helpful in strengthening the teeth.
When following the Mediterranean Diet, it is recommended that you eat a few fish servings each week. This addition to your diet has been shown to lower your risk of developing periodontal disease. A study completed by Harvard Medical School further found that when high levels of omega-3 fatty acids - which are found in seafood and cold water fish - the risk of developing advanced gum disease dropped by 20%.
In addition to the oral health benefits you will enjoy with a Mediterranean Diet, you may also lose weight, allowing you to improve your overall health. Before you change your diet or begin any weight loss plan, it is important to contact our office to make sure the change is healthy, and you might also want to discuss your upcoming dietary alterations with your dentist to discuss the effects on your teeth.