An article recently published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society concludes that benefits of higher intake of high-fiber foods, especially fruits, on slowing periodontal disease progression are most evident in men aged 65 and older.
The Department of Veterans Affairs Dental Longitudinal Study included 625 participants. In men aged 65 and older, results showed that each serving of good to excellent sources of total fiber was associated with lower risk of alveolar bone loss (ABL) progression and tooth loss. Of the different food groups, only fruits that were good to excellent sources of fiber were associated with lower risk of progression of ABL, pocket probing depth (PPD), and tooth loss. No significant associations were seen in men younger than 65.
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