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Saturated fatty acids linked to periodontal disease


Could filling up on saturated fatty acids be bad not only for your body but your teeth as well? The authors of a study in the Journal of Dental Research suggest it could be. "Saturated fatty acids produce an inflammatory response," the authors wrote. "Hyperinflammation is now recognized as one of the key underlying etiologic factors in periodontal disease." A high intake of SFA — typically found in meat fats, milk fat, butter, lard and certain oils — is associated with nearly double the rate of periodontal disease compared with a lower SFA intake, particularly in nonsmokers, they noted. However, smokers seemed to be immune to the deleterious effects of saturated fatty acids on their dentition. (May require free registration to view article.) more

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