Gingivitis—a type of periodontal disease that causes inflamed and bleeding gums—affects more than 200,000 Americans each year. Yet, according to a new Israeli study conducted at the Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, taking a daily dose of Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract (AGE) can effectively reduce gum inflammation and bleeding in those with the disease.
Typically attributed to poor oral hygiene, gingivitis commonly occurs because a film of plaque, or bacteria, accumulates on the teeth. Over time, this can cause red, inflamed gums that bleed easily when a person brushes their teeth. Left untreated, gingivitis can progress to a more serious case of periodontitis that can lead to tooth loss. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research report that gingivitis is also associated with an increased risk of several diseases including cardiovascular disease.
While brushing and flossing are an important part of treatment for the condition, this new study, which appeared in The Journal of Clinical Dentistry, found that AGE improves symptoms compared to placebo. The randomized, controlled, examiner-blind, two-treatment parallel group study involved 134 participants suffering from gingivitis. Each participant was assigned to take either 2.4g of AGE or an identical dummy pill every day for four months. Inflammation and bleeding were assessed periodically throughout the study. Those taking the AGE experienced improved oral health as evidenced by a significant reduction in both of these markers.
The subject of more than 800 published studies and scientific papers, Kyolic AGE has been shown in earlier research to support healthy cholesterol and blood pressure levels, reduce coronary artery calcification, improve arterial integrity, enhance metabolic heath, and strengthen immunity. This is the first study to look at AGE’s beneficial impact on oral health.
“This unexpected finding adds more evidence of Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract’s ability to improve health from head to toe,” says Jay Levy, Director of Sales for Wakunaga of America. “Earlier research has pointed to AGE’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant actions for much of its ability to benefit a variety of health conditions. Now we can include oral health.”
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