Seaweed Mouthwash?

Would you rinse your mouth with seaweed? If it helped keep periodontal disease at bay you might. Periodontal disease is linked to chronic diseases such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes. Seaweed may help keep your gums healthy, which in turn may help keep you healthy. In that case, you may not mind using seaweed at all. In today’s blog, your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest discusses seaweed mouthwash.   


Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is on the rise world-wide. Twelve million Germans suffer from it and over 50 percent of Americans and Britons. Not only does periodontal disease result in tooth loss, it is detrimental to your overall health and well-being as it  has been connected to many chronic systemic health conditions including diabetes, heart disease, lung infections, and Alzheimer’s disease. It is believed that the pathogenic bacteria that cause periodontal disease may produce “waste streams” that filter into your blood contributing to disease.

How to Combat It

Research studies to find ways to combat periodontal disease are in full swing. Scientists are looking for ways to eradicate the harmful bacteria and prevent it from infiltrating your gums and hence your circulatory system. In the process, many unique and unexpected sources to combat pathogenic bacteria that cause gingivitis are being brought to light. For instance, 57 species of seaweed have been tested against Prevotella intermedia and Porphyromonas gingivalis during one study, and of the 57, seventeen proved to inhibit the growth of both bacteria. It’s been proven that the phenols found in certain types of seaweeds eradicate bacteria. There have been studies testing mouthwash consisting of seaweed extract finding it worked as well as commercial mouthwashes but while commercial mouthwashes kill both the good and bad bacteria in your mouth, mouthwash that contains seaweed extract does not. Rather, it maintains a healthy balance of both the good and bad bacteria in the oral cavity, proving to be a better choice.

About Your Lake Forest Dentist:

Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.

Dr Fondriest is a Nationally recognized and highly sought after cosmetic dentist serving clients from throughout the United States