Multiple studies have demonstrated that olive oil can help prevent periodontitis and protect the gums.
Some of the studies have also concluded that olive oil can help prevent dental caries and aids in overall oral health. The positive effects of olive oil were seen when taken frequently.See Also: Health News
Dental caries results in cavities and, without treatment, can cause infection and possible tooth loss. Studies suggest that regular olive oil consumption can help protect against these issues, along with good oral hygiene, including tooth brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing, and mouthwash.
One study looked at whether the Mediterranean diet can play a role in periodontitis and discovered no significant association. However, it did find that frequent olive oil consumption specifically did have a significant inverse correlation with periodontitis.
A separate study about the effect of the Mediterranean diet on oral health looked at complex carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seafood, olive oil and dairy.
It confirmed that olive oil, being rich in oleic acid, can help prevent the formation of biofilm, which may, in turn, protect against dental caries and periodontitis. The study also found that eating more fruit improves oral health.
This practice involves swishing oil around your mouth for five to 20 minutes then spitting it out. The research shows that olive oil can be a significant factor in maintaining a healthy mouth and teeth when included in a daily hygiene routine.