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Omega-3s and gum health

Two of the most common oral problems are inflamed gums, known as gingivitis, and infected gums, or periodontitis, which causes bone loss and may signal heart problems. Because omega-3s protect against heart disease, doctors wanted to test for a link to periodontitis.

In the study, 60 otherwise healthy volunteers with moderate to severe chronic periodontitis took 300 mg of omega-3s per day, or a placebo. Both groups had dental scaling and root planing treatments.

After 12 weeks, compared to placebo, the omega-3 group had better gingivitis scores, less gum bleeding, and pocket depths between the teeth had shrunk by half.

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