Blueberries to the Rescue
Gum inflammation, or gingivitis, is a common affliction, one that can be a precursor to more serious dental issues. The build-up of bacteria-laden plaque on teeth can lead to gum or periodontal disease. While we all know the standard preventative measures – brush, floss, and visit your dentist regularly – a new weapon has been found in the fight against gum disease. (It involves blueberries and plaque!)
Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been looking into various natural antibacterial compounds to combat gum disease. Preliminary lab tests have shown that a compound found in blueberries, called polyphenol, is able to stop bacterial growth and prevent the formation of biofilms, a precursor to plaque. This is great news for those dealing with an increase in plaque build-up or even those that just enjoy blueberries. Grab a handful and munch away, knowing that you are doing great things for your teeth, while enjoying that tasty snack.
In addition, blueberry-enhanced products could soon appear on shelves as a supportive treatment. Those products would help support the prevention of plaque buildup long term and increase the ability to maintain good oral hygiene. This is a win for those that prefer not to eat blueberries, or for when those blueberries are out of season. Stay in the loop by following the JBL blog.
Contact your dentist today for more information.