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A diet to ward off gum disease?

from The New York Times

The right diet may improve gum health, a small study has found. German researchers studied 30 people with gingivitis, the inflammation of the gums that can cause redness, swelling and bleeding. A dentist measured the severity of their gingivitis and their levels of plaque, the bacteria-laden film that builds up on the teeth and can cause gum disease. The researchers took blood samples, and the participants filled out diet questionnaires. Then the scientists randomized half the group to an anti-inflammatory diet rich in fruits, vegetables (especially legumes), nuts and fish, and minimizing trans-fatty acids, sugar, dairy products and other animal protein. more


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