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Posted on Nov 24, 2014 in Whole Health Dentistry

Thanksgiving Cranberries Prevent Tooth Decay

cranberries-dentalHow Cranberries Can Benefit Oral Health

This Thanksgiving be sure to stock up and feast on delicious cranberries. What do cranberries have to do with your oral health? The compounds block a molecule made by the bacteria known as streptococcus mutans, which are found in all our mouths according to researcher Hyun Koo, a former dentist and now microbiologist at University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. Normally, these bacteria break down sugar we eat and make sticky molecules called glucans, which let bacteria to cling to our teeth and damage their surfaces, Koo told MyHealthNewsDaily. Koo also found that compounds in cranberries block the molecules that enable the sticky surface to form on our teeth.

Researchers discovered that the cranberry compounds, called A-type proanthocyanidins, reduced the bacteria’s production of acid and glucans by a whopping 70 percent, and cavities were reduced by 45 percent. All of these good results just from eating something so delicious as a cranberry.

The hope is that tooth decay may meet a formidable opponent in the very near future. Acid production responsible for cavities, gum disease, and a host of other oral dilemmas could possibly be thwarted.

So this Thanksgiving, partake in the cranberries as they are passed around the table. But make sure the cranberries are not covered in sugar like most cranberry sauce recipes and opt for natural cranberry dishes.

And visit Brit Phillis DDS – your top dentist in Fort Worth Texas regularly to ensure that those cranberries are working for your oral health!

Happy Thanksgiving from Brit Phillips DDS and Mira Vista Smiles!