If you’re a planner, you may already be making your list for your holiday menus. Sugary, cavity-inducing treats will soon be brought into work on a daily basis. Doubtless, sugar should be avoided if you’re thinking about your oral and overall health. There are some holiday favorites which have been shown in studies to have compounds with the potential to fight tooth and gum disease, however. One of these consumables is the cranberry. Most often served on the Thanksgiving table as a sauce to go with turkey, cranberry juice has become a year round beverage. The dentists at A New Smile Dental Group in Los Angeles will explain some pros and cons of cranberries when it comes to your teeth.
According to a study at the University of Rochester, cranberries can fight tooth decay. The research, led by Dr. Hyun “Michel” Koo, a dentist turned food scientist and microbiologist. Cranberries have deep properties that can make it impossible for S. mutans (the bacteria that cause tooth decay) to create plaque and stick to teeth. Scientists are working to isolate the compound so that it can be infused into toothpastes, mouthwashes, and sugar-free gums in the future.
Beware of Stains
Unfortunately, any dark food or drink has the potential to stain your pearly whites. Cranberries might have some properties that are healthy for your teeth, but the amounts needed are not yet known. This is why researchers plan on separating the compound and adding it to oral hygiene products. If you try to load up on cranberry-based foods over the holidays thinking that you’re fighting cavities, you may only be dulling your teeth. Of course, if cranberry juice, coffee, tea, wine, and other dark foods and drinks have stained your teeth, our dental team has professional teeth whitening options available for you.
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