It’s summer in Maine and a favorite pastime is fishing in our incredible lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, and oceans. If you think about it, fishing can even have an impact on your teeth if you eat what you catch (side note: be sure to follow the Maine state regulations on fishing and obtain a fishing license before casting your lines in the water).
In recent years study after study has come out extolling the positive impacts of fatty fish and fish oil on many areas of health. This certainly holds true for your smile. Fatty fishes like salmon, mackerel, trout, and herring can help prevent gum disease by fighting inflammation.
Fatty fish is rich in polyunsaturated fats. You may know these fats better by their individual names – Omega 3, Omega 6, and Omega 9. These acids have been proven to reduce inflammation, one of the most significant risk factors for gum disease. Gum diseases are serious conditions that can lead to infections, tooth decay, and even bone loss.
Fish is also good for your heart. Scientific studies have proven there is a link between a healthy mouth and a healthy heart. Fatty fish can serve as a one-two punch; keeping your heart healthy at the same time it protects your smile.
Best of all, fish makes it easy to eat local while eating better. Maine is well-known for its high quality local seafood. Visit your local fish market and get a healthy meal that also supports Maine’s economy.