Rochester Dentist Explains the Health Benefits of Eating Fish


As we continue to observe American Heart Month, your Rochester dentist, Dr. Gilly Calcagno, would like to talk about fish. Particularly, Dr. Calcagno would like to discuss the surprising benefits offered by the regular consumption of fish. Not only to patients experience a reduction in the risk of heart disease, but eating fish also aids in preventing gum disease, as well. In today’s blog, Dr. Calcagno will discuss the importance of adding more fish to your family dinner.

The Importance of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Coldwater fish, including tuna, salmon, and mackerel, contain a high level of omega-3 fatty acids. These acids help patients reduce the risk of developing a number of harmful diseases. The human body does not produce omega-3 fatty acids naturally, so people must obtain them from their diet. Other common sources of omega-3 fatty acids include soybeans, walnuts, tofu, and flaxseed oil.

Heart Disease Prevention

In the United States, one out of every three deaths is a direct result of heart disease and stroke. Studies show that regular consumption of fish containing omega-3 fatty acids lowers a patient’s chances of developing heart disease. Omega-3 fatty acids help counter inflammation and reduce triglycerides. Omega-3 fatty acids also lower blood pressure and can reduce the risk of heart failure by 22%. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least twice a week.

Fight Gum Disease

Over 75% of American adults suffer from gum disease. Patients with gum disease report sore, swollen gums that bleed easily. Periodontitis occurs when bacteria in the mouth causes gum inflammation. If left untreated, the gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets at the gum line. Once the bacteria enter these pockets, infection begins. Over time, patients can potentially lose teeth. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation throughout the body, including the gums. Recent studies reveal that patients who regularly consume meals containing omega-3 fatty acids decrease their risk of gum disease by 25%.

Schedule a Visit with Your Rochester Family Dentist

In addition to eating healthy, regular checkups and cleanings from Dr. Calcagno can also help your smile stay beautiful and bright. Make an appointment with your Rochester family dentist by calling 507-281-3659. Our 55902 dentist office offers the latest in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. We serve patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, and surrounding areas.