Fish Consumption for Oral-Systemic Health

Fish HeartDes Moines dentist, Dr. Stephen Burds wants to know if you are a fish lover? Fish (and fish oil) consumption is not without controversy. In one article, you may hear of a study touting fish as the super food of the century. In another, you may read that the methods of breeding and farming fish make them less healthy and more toxic. There’s no doubt that benefits from omega-3 fatty acids should give fish lovers a healthy leg up. It’s the kind of fish and the method of preparation which will have the most bearing on health properties in the seafood you consume. Fish can help you have a healthier heart, and heart health is implicated in oral-systemic health, making this an interesting topic to ponder for Dr. Burds.  

What to Eat and How to Prepare

If you’re looking for a boost in your hearth health, seafood which is darker in color (such as salmon, bluefish, and mackerel) have been associated with a 22 percent lower heart failure risk. The least impressive heart benefits would come from white fish (sole, snapper, and cod) and tuna. When cooking your ocean-derived meal, obviously avoid deep frying any fish you consume. Delicious though fish and chips may be, one serving of fried fish each week puts you in a higher risk category for coronary artery disease and/or heart failure. This is due to the way in which your body processes trans-saturated fats. For potentially great heart health benefits from fish, methods of preparation such as grilling, poaching, steaming, baking, or broiling are your best bets.

What about Mercury?

If you find yourself concerned with exposure to mercury poisoning from fish, you are not alone. This actually relates to dental health on multiple levels. Quite a few people are concerned with mercury exposure from amalgam dental fillings as well. According to the U.S, National Fisheries Institute, there has “never been a confirmed case of mercury toxicity in the United States through eating commercial seafood.” In contrast, they also say “84,000 Americans die every year due to a lack of the omega-3 fatty acid commonly found in fish.” Your best bet is to speak to your general physician and dentist regarding mercury concerns from amalgam or fish consumption. Educating yourself is key. Tuna, swordfish, and lobster are amongst seafood with higher mercury levels.

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If you are in need of a dental checkup, your Des Moines dentist is here.. At Gateway Dental Group, we provide comprehensive dental care for our patients. Contact our 50309 dentist office by calling (515) 344-4131 to schedule an appointment today. We proudly serve patients from River Bend, Kirkwood Glen, East Village, and neighboring communities.