The Dental Diet

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Dental patients recovering from scaling and root planing (SRP) are at low risk for periodontal disease if they eat right, according to a study from Brock University in Ontario, Canada. Patients (63 nonsmokers and 23 smokers) with chronic generalized periodontitis underwent SRP. Healing was evaluated based on periodontal disease assessed at baseline and eight- to 16 weeks after SRP. Intakes of fruits, vegetables, beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, and the omega-3 fats ALA, DHA, and EPA were estimated. Blood vitamin D levels also were measured. Results showed that, except for the omega-3 ALA and vitamin D,  increased dietary intake of all the foods and nutrients measured was associated with reduced periodontal disease after SRP in non-smokers.   The researchers conclude that these findings suggest, “…the development of dietary strategies to optimize healing after periodontal procedures.”

Dodington D, Fritz P, Sullivan P, et al: Higher intakes of fruits and vegetables, beta-carotene, vitamin C, alpha tocopherol, EPA and DHA are positively associated with periodontal healing after nonsurgical periodontal therapy in nonsmokers but not in smokers. The Journal of Nutrition 2015;145: 2512-2519.

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