May 1, 2012

Fish Oil Therapy for a Healthy Mouth

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Periodontitis, a disease that inflames the tissue around the teeth, affects more than half of adults, and has been linked to an increased risk of stroke and heart problems. Now, there´s new investigation looking at fish oil as a possible therapy.

Researchers reviewed eight studies to understand the effect of fish oil on periodontitis. They found that improvements in clinical measures were common in all the studies, but specifically significant in two that used the combination of fish oil and aspirin.

"I would recommend that people ensure they have a sufficient intake of long chain omega-3 fatty acids in their diet for general health. In Australia, these types of fatty acids are considered to be essential with ~500 mg recommended as the suggested dietary target. This equates to approximately 2 fatty fish meals per week," Dr. Alison Coates from the University of South Australia was quoted as saying.

There is no serious danger in consuming fish oil, but if taken above the suggested GRAS limit then people may experience a delayed clotting time. If people are taking blood thinning medication, then they should see a doctor for recommended use.

Dr. Coates and colleagues believe that more well designed studies need to evaluate the fish oil supplement in combination with aspirin and alone to see if fish oil by itself is effective. Currently a clinical trial in Australia is investigating the effects of fish oil as therapy for periodontitis.

SOURCE: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology