garlic improves gingivitis and periodontitis

Gingivitis refers to inflammation and bleeding of the gums. If not managed, it can progress to the more serious periodontitis. Garlic can help not to let that happen.

A recent study added this new use to garlic. When 134 people were given either a placebo or aged garlic extract for 4 months, compared to the placebo, there was a significant decrease in gingivitis and bleeding gums in the garlic group (J Clin Dent 2018;29(2):52-56).

Now, a new study has given a boost to garlic’s dental practice. The new study looked at people with the more advanced periodontitis. 201 people were either put into a control group or into an aged garlic extract group. The study lasted for 18 months.

At the beginning of the study, the people in the garlic group had an average pocket depth value of 1.89. At the end of the study, it had significantly shrunk to a value of 1.06. The control group only saw improvement to 1.50.

The researchers conclude that “These results demonstrated that aged garlic extract is an effective supplement for preventing or improving periodontal disease.”

So, your breath may be surprised to hear it, but garlic is good for your mouth!

J Clin Biochem Nutr 2020;67(3):297-301

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