Gum disease and inflammation around the teeth and gums can trigger a number of health problems, and lead to tooth decay and yellowing teeth.
Practicing good dental hygiene can help reduce the risk of developing gum disease, but some researchers say that what and how much you eat may also play an important role in maintaining that healthy smile.
Researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore recently published their findings in the journal nutrition, claiming that there is a critical link between inflammation of the gums and poor health. According to Mark Reynolds, DDS, PhD, associate professor at the Dental School, part of UMB:
"Chronic inflammation appears to be an important factor underlying aging and many age-related disorders, and dietary restriction has been shown to reduce the risk for chronic disease and promote longevity in multiple animal models." (Source: Medical News Today)
A reduced-calorie diet could help reduce the impact of invading bacteria in the mouth, and thereby reduce the risk of inflammation. Oral disease is commonly the result of poor dental hygiene and the food we eat does play a role in the health of the gum tissues and color of the teeth. Excess sugars, fats and oils in the diet may trigger the inflammatory response in those with weak gum tissues, and poor nutrition habits overall can make it difficult for the body to heal and repair itself.
Dr. Reynolds explains that obesity has been linked to increased signs of overall inflammation, which means that individuals who are overweight or obese are much more likely to develop diseases of the joints, muscles and tendons; the gums are another high-risk area for those who eat an unhealthy diet. Periodontal disease may be linked to poor nutrition, according to this study, which means that eating a low-calorie but well-balanced diet may offer benefits beyond healthy weight maintenance.