Dental Benefits from the Sea: Fish Oils

The benefits of fish oil for our body have long been recognized by scientists and 24 hr dentists. It’s only recently that people start to realize that it also offers health benefits for our dental health.

You can see labels from fish products or supplements that offer Omega 3 fatty acids. This indicates it’s good for the heart but other than that we know nothing about it. People just assume that it’s good for the health just because big brands present them that way. Hence, they don’t bother in digging deeper.

Fish oil supplements gained their popularity because of it boosts your immune system and improves the cardiovascular system. Although the true intent of consuming them are for other systems in the body, people don’t usually know how it helps the gum and oral health. The main source of Omega 3 fatty acids EPA [eicosapentaenoic acid] and DHA [docosahexaenoic acid] are fishes like sardines, herring, salmon, and mackerel. These fishes are not producers of Omega 3, but it accumulates on their bodies as they eat microalgae and planktons. Like these fishes, we humans need to consume foods that are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. You can eat fresh-caught fishes that eat microalgae and planktons to have your daily recommended levels of Omega 3 fatty acids.

Eating fishes rich in Omega 3 fatty acids or using supplements can help in treating inflammations and infections of your gums and teeth. Having a diet rich in Omega 3 can lessen the chances of periodontal disease. Periodontal diseases often start in the simple form of gingivitis where your gums swell and bleed. The gums start to recede exposing the roots of your teeth where bacteria can easily grow and infect your teeth. These cracks and crevices make the teeth prone to tooth decay, or if not treated immediately, tooth loss. This supplement will stop development and progression of gum disease before it turns to periodontal disease. This severe gum condition can be avoided just by consuming Omega 3 rich foods or supplements.

There are times when you face dental health issues not because you eat a certain type of food rich in sugar or acids; but because you lack the nutrients and minerals needed to protect your teeth and gums. This makes it very important you incorporate foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids in your diet to keep your gums and teeth strong and healthy. This is not to suggest you can indulge on candies and sodas as long as you take supplements; but to help you realize that micronutrient deficiency can be the cause of different types of oral health problems without you knowing it.

The answers to modern day diseases are actually not that hard to find. More and more people have opened up to a more natural approach to treating health problems. You don’t really have to look further for cures because the remedy is all around us