Best Food for Periodontal Disease and Gingivitis

Best Food for Periodontal Disease and Gingivitis

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[Music] experimentally if you have people stop brushing their teeth plaque starts to build up and within a few days the gums starts getting flamed you can’t see anything yet but if you take a biopsy of the gum line you can see the inflammation starting to spread and within a few weeks overt gingivitis becomes apparent where your gums can get red swollen and bleed easily if you don’t do anything about it you can develop periodontal disease where the inflammation creeps down into the supporting structures of the tooths of bone and ligaments setting you up for tooth loss okay but how do we get along for millions of years without brushing yea dental disease is almost universal these days but thousands of years before the invention of the toothbrush there are skulls with perfect teeth now you can say yeah but that was also thousands of years before the invention of candy bars but you don’t know until you put it to the test okay yeah but where are you gonna find people to not only stop brushing but also to forego eating processed junk security guards that’s how you do it that’s one of these survivor type TV shows where people are forced to live under Stone Age conditions so no toothbrushes toothpaste dental floss toothpicks or other oral hygiene products for months now I mean they could use a twig or something but they’re pretty much on their own but no candy bars either right they’re going for about 4000 BC so lots of whole grains with supplemental salt herbs honey milk and meat and then they could go out and pick berries and see what they could catch so what happened with no oral hygiene their plaque built up but their gums God healthier this is measuring Bo Pia bleeding on probing whether or not your gums bled when poked with a dental tool a measure of gingivitis and in almost every case they got better here our before and after pictures yeah lots of plaque buildup but actually healthier gum how is that possible well many of the more disease-causing bacteria seemed to have disappeared from their mouths they suggest this could be from the lack of refined sugars but they were eating honey so it wasn’t a sugar-free diet ha but what they were eating was lots of whole grains and berries rich in antioxidant phytonutrients with anti-inflammatory properties so maybe it was a combination sugar intake restriction combined with the intake of really healthy foods thus all those experimental studies where people stopped brushing their gums inevitably get inflamed may only be applicable for people eating lots of processed foods rich in sugar and low in anti-inflammatory whole plant foods what about the world nutrition in periodontal health gingivitis can lead to periodontitis and inflammatory disease of the supporting tissues of the teeth which if untreated can lead to the progressive loss of the bone that holds the teeth in place now part of the development of periodontal disease may involve oxidative stress so not only do we need to reduce our intake of pro-inflammatory foods like refined carbs and saturated fats maybe it would help we sought out foods that our antioxidant rich so is there an association between dietary vitamin C intake for example with periodontitis apparently so with increasing risk of periodontitis associated with lower levels of vitamin C intake but you don’t know until you put it to the test to figure out what effect vitamin C depletion and supplementation would have on periodontal health they basically locked everyone up for three months so they can provide controlled amounts of vitamin C and measures of gum inflammation were directly related to their vitamin C status on about one orange worth of vitamin C their gums improved but then down to five milligrams a day they got worse but then on ten oranges worth a day they got better and then worse again went back down to five pretty convincing though five milligrams a day is like scurvy level I mean we know that your gums start bleeding your teeth could fall out when you have scurvy but that doesn’t mean taking extra how and indeed 1500 milligrams of vitamin C a day did not seem to help prevent gingivitis and even 2,000 a day failed to help periodontitis suffers may be vitamin C is just too weak of an antioxidant okay what about lycopene the powerful antioxidant pigment that makes Tomatoes red it worked but that was from injecting the stuff directly into the gum pocket with a syringe just work if you just eat it let’s find out a randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial on the efficacy of lycopene and the treatment of gingivitis two weeks of less than a single tomato a day’s worth of lycopene versus placebo for two weeks both along with a standard dental treatment which helped 10 to 20 percent reduction in gingivitis in the placebo group but nearly 30 percent improvement within just one week in the lycopene group and this was just like the amount of light being found in a teaspoon and a half of tomato paste a day totally doable okay so tomatoes may help with gingivitis what about periodontitis another randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial again treated with usual dental cleaning plus either that one tomato a day’s worth of lycopene or placebo for two months and significant improvements in plaque gingivitis and believing though not probe pocket depth and clinical attachment and you can see the difference see how much better their gums look they conclude that supplementation with lycopene seems to have augmented the healing sequence of inflamed gingival tissues okay but that was with a whole tomatoes worth a day how about half a tomatoes worth or just three quarters of a teaspoon of tomato paste worth of lycopene a day it didn’t work no difference so looks like you have to go the whole tomato [Music] you

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