Scientists seem to have confirmed what some of us have known for a while - that fish oils can prevent gum disease.
This is the story that we know: gum disease is not only caused by infection but by inflammation;
if you have salicylate hypersensitivity you know that eating fish will reduce reactions and reduce inflammation.
What's interesting about this sort of study is whether it is, in fact, picking up and averaging out the impact on a sub-group of people who react badly to omega-6. Or whether everyone benefits from this kind of effect. In the research 8.2 per cent of people had gum disease.
There could even be other explanations. For instance that eating oily fish or cod liver oil kills the appetite and deters the consumption of sugary foods - Atkins diet style. Just a thought.
Toothpaste made of fish oil anyone?