Whole Grains & Gingivitis

There are a few contemporary studies today that stress on the link between consuming whole grains regularly and the health of the gums. Such studies are based on the fact that fiber affects various functions in our body, and, consequently, it should have a positive effect on the gums too. However, most of these studies are statistical and they don’t manage to figure out the relation to the end. In addition, this link has its obvious limits being known that, irrespective of the amount of food we eat, as long as we burn out calories to a greater extent, food can’t really cure us from a disease. But it can prevent it to a certain extent and this is all that matters here.

The correlation between gum diseases (gingivitis, periodontitis, etc.) and heart diseases is well known today and it refers to the fact that if you have one condition you might develop the other one as well. At the same time, it has been shown that regular fiber intake and whole-grain meals reduce various conditions associate to the heart; so the question is: to what extent do whole grains affect the health of our gums?

It should be noted first that whole grains tend to optimize insulin levels in humans, thus reducing the risk of diabetes in the long run and influencing the correct functioning of the heart. At the same time, the immune system is positively influenced by a diet based on whole grains, which reduces the possibility of infections in the body. Fiber intake has direct influence on glucose metabolism, optimizing it and, thus, reducing the probability of future development of periodontal diseases in patients with diabetes.

Moreover, the risk of developing periodontitis due to high levels of sugar in the blood is real. The link between the realities described above is, at least at the level of assumption, enough to see the connection between fiber-based foods and gum diseases.

Whole grains come with another major advantage: they are filling. After such a meal, the need to consume sweets decreases in intensity, giving you the opportunity to be better in control of yourself. Though being indirect, this advantage is still important for a way of thinking that strives to find the right balance between quality of life and oral health in the long run.

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