Published on November 26, 2021

PLUS “10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Periodontal Disease”

Key Points

  • Periodontitis is a common gum disease that affects 50-70% of American adults and can lead to tooth loss
  • The health of the gums can affect overall health, with studies linking it to chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and even prenatal outcomes
  • A meta-analysis on omega-3 supplementation and measurements of periodontitis shows that omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce the severity of periodontitis and improve gum health overall

Periodontitis is a common, severe gum infection that can lead to tooth loss, with more mild symptoms including swollen, red, and tender gums. Research has also linked periodontitis to overall health and other diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and prenatal disease.

The video below, “10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Periodontal Disease” by Dr. Joseph Nemeth, gives some interesting insights about periodontitis.

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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Periodontal Disease

#1 50% of all adults in America have periodontal disease, and 70% of adults over 70 years of age have periodontal disease

#2 80% of dogs have some form of periodontal disease by 3 years old – and you can get it from your dog!

#3 Most people don’t know that they have periodontal disease, since it often presents with no symptoms

#4 Gum disease can affect your entire body

#5 Alzheimer’s disease has been strongly linked to gum disease, as has diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and various cancers

#6 Gum disease can affect your unborn baby, with research linking periodontal disease to lower birth weight, preterm birth, and pregnancy tumors in the mouth

#7 Gum recession is a form of periodontal disease; when you lose gum, you lose bone

#8 Periodontitis is transmissible; you can get it from your partner or your pets! If your spouse has gum disease you have a higher chance of having it too.

#9 It can be caused by some of the same bacteria that cause STDs

#10 It is a common cause of bad breath…

Omega-3s To The Rescue!

Omega-3 fatty acids are known for their anti-inflammatory effects, and have been shown to help reduce diseases related to chronic inflammation, including periodontitis. A systematic review by Chatterjee et al. analyzed the effects of the omega-3 fatty acids, including  docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentanoic acid (EPA), on measures of periodontitis. The analysis looked at 8 separate studies that assessed pocket depth (PD, or the space between the gum and where the tooth attaches), clinical attachment level (CAL, another measure of gum attachment to the tooth), gingival index (GI, the amount of bleeding on gentle probing) and/or plaque index (PI, the amount of dental plaque visible) at 3 months and at 6 months of supplementation.

What did the study find?

At 3 months, there was a significant effect of omega-3 supplementation on CAL and PD, with continued positive effects at 6 months. Several studies also found a significant improvement in GI at 6 months, especially when omega-3 supplements were given in combination with aspirin.

Also seen among the studies was

  • a preventive effect of higher EPA and DHA serum levels on periodontal disease progression
  • lower levels of inflammation among those taking omega-3 fatty acids, especially among those also taking aspirin
  • improved periodontal health with long-term ingestion of omega-3 fatty acids

The authors conclude that the use of omega-3 fatty acid supplements seems to have a positive effect on periodontal wound healing, especially in regards to the measurements for the attachment of the gums to the tooth.

Measure Your Vitamin D and Omega-3 Levels to Make Sure You Are Getting Enough

Having and maintaining healthy vitamin D, omega-3, and other nutrient levels can help improve your health now and for your future. Choose which to measure, such as your vitamin D, omega-3s, and essential minerals including magnesium and zinc, by creating your custom home test kit today. Take steps to improve the status of each of these measurements to benefit your overall health. You can also track your own intakes, symptoms and results to see what works best for YOU.

Enroll and test your levels today, learn what steps to take to improve your status of vitamin D (see below) and other nutrients and blood markers, and take action! By enrolling in the GrassrootsHealth projects, you are not only contributing valuable information to everyone, you are also gaining knowledge about how you could improve your own health through measuring and tracking your nutrient status, and educating yourself on how to improve it.

What Does it Take YOU to Get Your D to 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L)?

Did you know your health could be greatly affected by making sure you have a vitamin D level of at least 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L)? Help us help you.

STEP 1 - Do you know what your vitamin D level is? If not, be sure to test today to find out.

STEP 2 – Determine your target level. Are you at your target level? Experts recommend a level of at least 40-60 ng/ml (100-150 nmol/L).

STEP 3 – Need to boost your level? Use the D*calculator to see how much vitamin D it may take to reach your target. Opt for the Loading Dose for a quicker boost.

STEP 4 – Optimize how your body absorbs and utilizes vitamin D with co-nutrients and these simple steps.

STEP 5 – Re-Test! This is an important step to make sure you have reached your target level, and to ensure you are not taking too much! Re-testing after 3-4 months is recommended.

STEP 6 – Adjust, Repeat…

Give your immune system the nutrients it needs to support a healthy you and protect yourself from unnecessary diseases, especially COVID-19.


The first Randomized Controlled Trial on vitamin D and COVID-19 has shown a 96% lower risk of ICU admission for those receiving vitamin D (as 25(OH)D to quickly boost vitamin D blood levels) along with the standard treatment, compared to those receiving standard treatment alone.

These results support many previous observational studies showing a relationship between vitamin D levels and intake and COVID-19 severity.

Review the Latest Nutrient Research for COVID-19

GrassrootsHealth Nutrient Research Institute has launched the new Immune Boost project with the use of our myData-myAnswers nutrient health system that nearly 15,000 people are already using for their health. Specific markers that influence immune health are suggested for testing as part of this project including:

  • Vitamin D
  • Omega-3 Index
  • Essential elements magnesium, selenium, and zinc
  • hsCRP

Our goal is to demonstrate how one can use the Nutrient Research Model established by Dr. Robert Heaney to show the effect of vitamin D serum levels of at least 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L) on risk reduction for all ethnicities in the population. Status and intake of other nutrients will also be analyzed for any type of relationship to immune status and symptom severity. Join the project today!

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Through GrassrootsHealth Nutrient Research Institute, you can also test your essential elements magnesium, copper, zinc and selenium, toxins such as lead, mercury and cadmium, as well as your omega-3 levels, inflammation levels and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) level. Find out your levels today! Log on to the test selection page (click the link below) to get your tests and see for yourself if your levels can be improved.

Make sure you track your results before and after, about every 6 months!

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For each specific supplement, you can track what days you take it, how much, and many other details.  This will help you know your true supplemental intake and what patterns of use work for you to reach and maintain optimum nutrient levels. Check it out today!