Cod Liver Oil Is Good For Your Teeth And Gums

Posted July 8th, 2011 by Dr. Chao and filed in Healthy Gums

The Council on Dental Therapeutics awarded the first Seal of Approval, in 1931, to a brand of cod liver oil as a food supplement to promote strong teeth and healthy gums. Now 80 years later much more is known about cod liver oil. And practically all of it is good. According to Dr. George Griffing, Professor of Medicine at the St. Louis University and Editor in Chief of Internal Medicine for eMedicine, cod liver oil contains large amounts of vitamins A, D, and omega-3-fatty acids, and the health benefits may go beyond rheumatism and rickets. Vitamin A is essential for the immune system, bone growth, night vision, cellular growth, testicular and ovarian function, according to Dr. Griffing. Furthermore Vitamin D may prevent type I diabetes, hypertension, and many common cancers.

Cod liver oil is not for everyone, however. Cod liver oil is probably best avoided by pregnant women, asthmatics and people taking anticoagulants such as warfarin, according to Dr. Griffin. If you have any medical condition, consult your physician before you add cod liver oil as a food supplement.

See your dentist regularly. This is still your best bet to keep your smile healthy. Discuss with your dentist whether cod liver oil (available now in a tasteless capsule) or any other supplement is recommended for your particular situation.

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