The Role of Nutrition in Periodontal Health: An Update

Nutrients. 2016 Aug 30;8(9):530. doi: 10.3390/nu8090530.


Periodontal health is influenced by a number of factors such as oral hygiene, genetic and epigenetic factors, systemic health, and nutrition. Many studies have observed that a balanced diet has an essential role in maintaining periodontal health. Additionally, the influences of nutritional supplements and dietary components have been known to affect healing after periodontal surgery. Studies have attempted to find a correlation between tooth loss, periodontal health, and nutrition. Moreover, bone formation and periodontal regeneration are also affected by numerous vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. The aim of this review is to critically appraise the currently available data on diet and maintenance of periodontal health and periodontal healing. The effects of nutritional intervention studies to improve the quality of life and well-being of patients with periodontal disease have been discussed.

Keywords: micronutrients; periodontal health; periodontal regeneration; periodontium; wound healing.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diet, Healthy*
  • Humans
  • Nutritional Status*
  • Oral Health*
  • Periodontal Diseases / etiology
  • Periodontal Diseases / physiopathology
  • Periodontal Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Prognosis
  • Protective Factors
  • Risk Factors