A high-fiber, low-fat diet may prevent gum disease

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A recent study conducted at the Shiga University of Medical Science has shown that following a high-fiber, low-fat diet can lead to improvements in biomarkers associated with periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease is influenced by factors such as aging, smoking, diabetes mellitus, and systemic inflammation.

However, there is limited evidence regarding causality from intervention studies, and the establishment of an effective diet for preventing periodontal disease remains a challenge.

In this study, the researchers investigated the effects of a high-fiber, low-fat diet on periodontal disease markers in individuals at high risk of developing the condition.

Forty-seven volunteers were initially interviewed, and twenty-one participants with a body mass index of at least 25.0 kg/m(2) or impaired glucose tolerance were enrolled in the study.

The participants were provided with a high-fiber, low-fat test meal three times a day for eight weeks, followed by a return to their regular diet for an additional 24 weeks.

A total of 425 teeth from seventeen participants were analyzed, with periodontal disease markers including probing depth, clinical attachment loss, and bleeding on probing.

The study found significant reductions in these markers after the test-meal period, and these improvements continued throughout the follow-up period.

Additionally, improvements in body weight, HbA1c (a measure of long-term blood sugar control), and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein levels were observed after the test-meal period.

These findings suggest that an eight-week treatment with a high-fiber, low-fat diet can effectively improve periodontal disease markers, as well as metabolic health.

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Furthermore, it is essential to stay informed about other oral health considerations. Some studies have highlighted the potential risks of certain mouthwashes that may contribute to tooth damage.

Additionally, there is growing evidence suggesting a connection between common tooth diseases and an increased risk of dementia.

For more comprehensive information on health, recent studies have explored new causes of tooth decay and gum diseases.

There are also promising results indicating how tooth decay can be prevented without relying on bacteria-killing methods.

This study was published in the journal Nutrition Research and was conducted by Keiko Kondo and colleagues.

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