A recent study published in the European Journal of Oral Sciences has potentially found evidence that dark berries such as cranberries or black currants can lower the risk of tooth decay. The helpful chemicals responsible are called polyphenols. Today, the expert team at Parkcrest Dental Group will explain how polyphenols may be a valuable tool you can use to maintain the health of your teeth and gums.
The Role of Polyphenols in Your Mouth
The study found that polyphenol extracts of cranberries, blueberries, and strawberries used on 24-Hour Streptococcus mutans biofilms showed a significant decrease in metabolic activity and viability. What does this actually mean for your teeth? In short, streptococcus mutans is a bacteria that plays a big role in tooth decay. We already knew that polyphenols had some health benefits as they are an antioxidant and protect our bodies from free radicals. However, this study showed that polyphenols actively inhibited the destructive bacteria in our mouth.
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What Foods Contain Polyphenols?
In the study, the polyphenols were extracted from cranberries, blueberries, and red wine. Now, these aren’t foods you want to overeat, as they have the potential to stain your teeth and they also contain sugar. However, occasional consumption of these foods, along with proper dental habits, could positively contribute to your overall dental health.
Other foods that contain polyphenols include:
- Black Currants
- Dark Chocolate and Cocoa
- Hazelnuts, Walnuts, Almonds, Pecans
- Tea and Coffee
- Dried peppermint
- Black beans
Consider adding some of these foods to your diet and your teeth may reap the rewards.
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