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Kiwifruit decreases gingival inflammation and increases gingival grafting skills!

Posted: May 15, 2018

The effect of twice daily kiwifruit consumption on periodontal and systemic conditions before and after treatment: A randomized clinical trial.  Graziani F, Discepoli N, Gennai S et al. J Periodontol. 2018;89:285–293.

This interesting article published in the March 2018 issue of the Journal of Periodontology concludes that “Kiwifruit consumption reduces gingival inflammation despite lack of any periodontal instrumentation or patient’s behavioral changes“.

3 more great facts about Kiwifruit:

  1. The article reaffirms that kiwifruits are one of the “highest dietary sources of vitamin C” and “show high quantities of antioxidants such as lutein, an oxycarotenoid, and alphalinolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid”.
  2. Kiwifruit is also good medicine! As stated in the article, “the consumption of two or three kiwifruits daily have been applied in medical trials showing reduction of blood pressure, platelet aggregation and triglycerides levels and increase of high-density lipoprotein(HDL)-cholesterol levels.
  3. Another dental benefit of Kiwifruit: KIWImethod® Hands on Workshop: Minimally Invasive Gingival Grafting

Your KIWI To-Do list:

  1. Download a copy of the Graziani et al. kiwifruit article
  2. Go to the market, buy fresh Kiwis and enjoy contributing to your good health
  3. Sign up and take the KIWImethod®workshop. If you already participated in the workshop, take it again!  It’s continuously upgraded and updated. Or contact us to learn more about private group training.

See you soon!

George K. Merijohn, DDS

San Francisco periodontist George K. Merijohn practiced 28 years and is associate professor in postdoctoral periodontics at UC San Francisco and U Washington. He is appointed special expert to the California Dental Board; serves as a consultant to dental schools, clinicians, and the legal profession; and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice. Dr. Merijohn leads seminars and workshops at major dental conferences and is published in peer-reviewed journals with articles on mucogingival clinical decision-making, risk assessment, and the evidence-based approach. More about George >