Scientists may have found a phytochemical isolated from carrots which processes a significant potential in acting as a nonsurgical aid in the treatment of oral diseases, some studies suggested.
The Ireland dental Health Association in the article Links between oral & general health wrote, "A healthy mouth enables not only nutrition of the physical body, but also enhances social interaction and promotes self-esteem and feelings of well-being" and "Bacteria from the mouth can cause infection in other parts of the body when the immune system has been compromised by disease or medical treatment".
Carrot, a root vegetable with an orange color is a subspecies of Daucus carota, belongings to the family Apiaceae, native to Asian and Europe.
In the aim to find a natural pigment with potential to improve the oral health, researchers at the Swami Devi Dyal Hospital and Dental College conducted an experiment on some of the various classes of pigments in nature, particularly,the pigment lycopene, a red plant pigment found in tomatoes, apricots, guavas, carrots, watermelons, papayas, and pink grapefruits, with tomatoes being the largest contributor to the dietary intake of humans.
in chronic periodontitis patients.
Antioxidant including in the study are lycopene, vitamin C, vitamin E, capsules with fruits/vegetables/berry.
At the final report of the experiment, researchers indicated that only lycopene and vitamin E demonstrated statistically significant improvement when compared to a control group in terms of periodontal parameters.
These results were observed through oxidative stress pattern throughout the study. As only lycopene and vitamin E showed a reduction of the levels of oxidative stress compared to others.
At the end of the study, researchers found that test group (Lycopene) showed better results after therapy compared to the placebo group with all assays, including Periodontal parameters regarding plaque index (PI), modified gingival index (MGI), bleeding on probing (BOP).
Although the serum TNF-α value, the pro-inflammatory cytokine was not statistically significant, it, however, showed an improvement compared to the placebo group.
Therefore, adding 2 or 3 portions of tomatoes or carrots or intake of lycopene supplement, according to the guideline on a regular basis may give you a perfect breath and oral health.
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(1) Role of Lycopene in Preventing Oral Diseases as a Nonsurgical Aid of Treatment by Gupta S1, Jawanda MK2, Arora V3, Mehta N4, Yadav V(PubMed)
(2) The impact of antioxidant agents complimentary to periodontal therapy on oxidative stress and periodontal outcomes: A systematic review by Muniz FW1, Nogueira SB2, Mendes FL3, Rösing CK4, Moreira MM5, de Andrade GM6, Carvalho Rde S(PubMed)
(3) The adjunctive use of systemic antioxidant therapy (lycopene) in nonsurgical treatment of chronic periodontitis: a short-term evaluation by Arora N1, Avula H, Avula JK(PubMed)