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Studies Find Olive Oil Improves Oral Health and Prevents Periodontitis

By Clarissa Joshua
Mar. 12, 2021 08:17 UTC

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.

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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.

Olive oil pulling is also known to pro­duce sev­eral pos­i­tive health ben­e­fits, increase energy, result in health­ier skin and lead to whiter teeth.

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.


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