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Omega 3/6/9's, Fish Oil and Your Mouth

posted Mar 17, 2015, 4:28 PM by Almohajer Aljadeed   [ updated Mar 17, 2015, 4:31 PM ]
By Dr. Iskandar

Everyone knows that omega 3's and fish oil is great for the body, that it helps when babies are developing and contributes to an over all health, body and mind.  But can they also be good for our oral health?
To understand why these essential oils could possibly be good for our oral health we need to understand a little bit about what omega 3's are. An omega three and fish oils are forms dietary fats. There are three main types of fats in our diet, they are saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. saturated fats are fats that come from animals or dairy and are contributors to heart disease, these are considered the "bad" fats.  Monounsaturated fats are fats that come from plants and olive oil these are good forms of fats like omega 9. polyunsaturated fats are fats that come from plants oils dairy and some animals depending on the animals diet, these fats are omega 3 and 6's and are all good for you.
monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are often referred to as fatty acids. these fatty acids are key in developing parts of the cell that send messages to other cells telling them to help with anti inflammatory responses. Many adults suffer from gingivitis or periodontal disease. 
Gingivitis is characterized by inflammation of the gums, bleeding and redness. when this is not taken care of it can progress in to periodontal disease. periodontal disease is when the gums become unattached, bone loss occurs which allows teeth to move freely in the mouth and possibly come out. so how are these essential fatty acids a benefits to our mouth? when taken regularly these fatty acids help reduce the inflammation of the gums and help keep the gums attached. this in turn helps reduce the amount of bone loss so patients can have there teeth for longer.
To see the benefits of these essential fatty acids patients should consume two tablespoons of flax seeds, walnuts, soybean oil or canola oil and at least two servings of a fatty fish a week.