Blueberries and Cranberries Provide Oral Health Benefits

Many berries are considered to be superfoods meaning they are antioxidant and polyphenols rich, which have been shown to reduce the risk of degenerative diseases such as heart disease and cancer. But did you know that berries provide oral health benefits?

Recent research has shown that dark colored berries such as blueberries and cranberries can help prevent tooth decay. Polyphenols prevent harmful bacteria from attaching to your teeth and gums. Cranberries specifically have been shown to stay in saliva after they are eaten which means they continue to prevent bacteria from sticking to each other and inhibit plaque formation. Oral health researchers are experimenting with extracting (sugar-free) polyphenols for use in products such as toothpaste.

Blueberries also contain other antioxidants known as proanthocyandins. Studies have shown they are effective at protecting your teeth from a certain strain of bacteria that is responsible for aggressive forms of gum disease.

Blueberries and cranberries are an excellent addition to a healthy diet. They are low in calories, fat and cholesterol and high in fiber. Consuming blueberries, cranberries, and other antioxidant-rich berries is beneficial to your oral and overall health. However, it is important to note that like any fruit, berries contain natural sugars that can still be damaging to your teeth in high amounts.