Transcript: Plant-Based Diets: Oral Health
Two studies were recently published on plant-based diets and oral health. What do you think they found? Well for periodontal disease, the health of tissues surrounding the teeth, like gingivitis, gum disease, one of the leading causes of tooth loss, plant-based diets should be protective. Inflammation is now recognized as one of the key underlying causal factors in periodontal disease, and we know saturated fats produce an inflammatory response, and so no surprise this recent study found that "High dietary saturated fat intake was significantly associated with a greater number of periodontal disease events," which in this country comes mostly from cheese and chicken. The same diet that leads to high cholesterol may also contribute to periodontitis as they both appear correlated. People with periodontal disease also suffer from arterial dysfunction. Inflammation, high cholesterol and arterial dysfunction, is it any wonder there may even be an Association Between Chronic Periodontitis and Erectile Dysfunction? By looking in your mouth your dentist may find out more about you than you may have realized. We know we can reverse impotence with a plant-based diet, what about periodontal disease? A new study found that higher intake of high-fiber foods, especially fruits, may at least slowing periodontal disease progression. For oral cancer it's a no-brainer. According to the latest review in the Journal of the American dental Association, " Evidence supports a recommendation of a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables as part of a whole-foods, plant-based diet."
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