Plant-based diet helps to reduce gingivitis


WASHINGTON: A plant-based whole food diet reduced gingivitis in a recent randomized trial published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology. 

For the trial, 30 patients with gingivitis were randomized to an experimental and a control group. The patients were put on the said diet for four weeks.

"Study results clearly demonstrate the possibility to naturally reduce gingivitis by an optimized diet that also promotes general health”, said lead author Dr Johan Woelber.

“According to this, dental teams should address dietary habits and give adequate recommendations in the treatment of gingivitis, since it might be a side effect of a pro-inflammatory western diet," he added.

The experimental group changed to a diet low in processed carbohydrates and animal proteins, and rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamin D, antioxidants, plant nitrates, and fibres.

The group experienced a significant reduction in gingival bleeding and also depicted an increase in vitamin D values and weight loss.

With inputs from ANI

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