How Cranberries Can Help Prevent Gum Disease

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Foods rich in sugar and carbohydrates combine to form a film of bacteria that wraps around the teeth. This film causes tooth decay and also irritates the gums in the process.

This biofilm that forms around the teeth is called plaque (or tartar once it hardens) and is one of the main factors responsible for gum disease.

Besides brushing and flossing regularly, there are certain types of foods with beneficial compounds that can help keep gum disease at bay. Cranberries are some of the foods that are beneficial to your oral health.

Inhibit Accumulation of Plaque

Cranberries have been found to be effective in limiting the formation of the biofilm that causes gum disease. A study from the University of Rochester demonstrated that cranberries prevent the cavity causing bacteria from attaching themselves to the tooth by a factor of between 67% and 85%.

The bacteria Streptococcus Mutans is one of the most common culprits known for causing gum diseases. Cranberries contain compounds known as proanthocyanidins [PACs] which can limit the ability of Streptococcus Mutans to adhere to the teeth.

Taking the juice coupled with brushing and flossing regularly can completely eliminate the possibility of plaque buildup.

Limit Inflammation

Cranberries also contain important compounds that can limit the progression of gum inflammation. It contains important phytonutrients such as flavonols that have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body.

When gum disease goes untreated, inflammation may get worse with time leading to further complications such as receding of teeth and the subsequent accumulation of plaque and tartar.

Cranberries have compounds with strong oxidative properties that are known to be effective in fighting inflammation. Some compounds can support biochemical processes that are necessary in preventing the growth of periodontal disease.

Observe oral hygiene and have your teeth checked and cleaned regularly for the best results. For any questions, call us or visit our offices today.