The health benefits of eating a ketogenic diet can be a great source of inspiration for your dental care, according to a study.
Ketogenic diets, which include a low-carb, high-fat diet and a strict ketogenic low-fat (KLCF) diet, have been shown to improve oral health and prevent cavities.
A new study suggests these diets may also improve the teeth’ ability to heal after gum disease.
The research was led by Dr. Robert Moll and published in the Journal of the American Dental Association.
“The goal was to see whether a low carbohydrate ketogenic (LCKF) low-calorie diet (LCKB) that’s low in carbohydrate (low-glycemic index [GI]) and high in fat (high-glycerol) could improve dental health and plaque repair,” Dr Moll told ABC News.
His team enrolled 24 healthy volunteers to test the diets.
The subjects were randomly assigned to a LCKF diet or a low GI diet.
Before and after the trial, all of the volunteers’ dental health was measured, including total cavities, gingivitis and tooth decay.
Dr Moll said he’s not sure why low-GI diets are more effective than higher-GI ones, but he hopes his findings will help dental health researchers improve the effectiveness of their diets.
While a low carb diet does not require a lot of carbohydrates, the researchers found that a low LCKFD diet was associated with a lower amount of sugars and higher total sugars, the type of sugars that the body converts into ketones.
This suggests that a LCKB diet may not require as much sugar as a low sugar ketogenic one, Dr Moller said.
“A low carbohydrate diet might not be a bad thing, but I’m not sure that it’s necessary to eat so many carbs that you can’t digest them,” he said.
For the study, Dr. Moll tested saliva samples from volunteers after they had taken their initial intake of the two diets, but after the subjects had taken saliva samples two weeks later.
All of the participants in the study were on a low glucose ketogenic LCKB, or LCKBF diet, and then on a normal GI LCKFA diet.
The LCKB was associated to a lower level of glycemic load, which is the ratio of sugar to carbs in a diet, compared to the other diet.
Dr Moller is confident that the results of the study will help dentists develop low-sugar ketogenic diets for dental health, and that he hopes it will be possible for others to do the same.
“If we can find a way to reduce the amount of carbs that our mouths need, then it could be a huge benefit to people,” he told ABC.
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