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Dental problems can be prevented with healthier habits
Updated: 10/26/2010 3:00:01 PM

Dental problems can be prevented with healthier habits Possessing good dental habits, such as eating healthy and properly brushing or flossing each day, can help to prevent dental health problems, like periodontitis, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Now, a recent study suggests that foods like salmon and nuts could further help to prevent this disease.

Researchers from Harvard University discovered that intake of n-3 fatty acids, known as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) can help reduce swelling or inflammation in periodontitis patients.

The scientists used the information of more than 9,000 adults who had participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination. Of the subjects, approximately 8.2 percent had been diagnosed with periodontitis.

Overall, the researchers noted that participants who had consumed the highest amount of n-3 fatty acids were 20 percent less likely to develop periodontitis.

Asghar Z. Naqvi, one of the study's authors, said that "treating periodontitis with n-3 fatty acids could have the added benefit of preventing other chronic diseases associated with inflammation, including stroke."

The CDC reports that regular exams can also help to prevent oral problems. Individuals can seek low-cost ways of treatment for themselves and their families through discount dental plans.

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