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Can Blueberries Improve Your Oral Health?

Posted on 11/13/2015 by Fady Ebid
A bowl of blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries.When you consider the foods that could be beneficial to your oral health, crunchy fruits and vegetables might come to mind, but what about blueberries? You may automatically write this little super fruit off as being bad news for your teeth, as the dark juices could cause stains. However, research has shown that blueberries can actually be extremely beneficial to your oral health.

When you consider all of the great benefits that blueberries can bring to your body, it is really no surprise that they can improve your smile.

What Are the Health Benefits of Blueberries?

Blueberries contain more antioxidants than any other fruit, and these antioxidants are crucial for boosting the immune system. Antioxidants also fight free-radicals, which are substances that can lead to cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and inflammation of the joints. Since inflammation often leads to chronic diseases, blueberries are a great healthy snack, and one cup will also contain about 25% of your daily recommended amount of vitamin C.

There are many other potential health benefits that can come from making blueberries a staple in your diet:

•  Lowering blood pressure. Blueberries are free of sodium and contain calcium, magnesium, and potassium, all of which can decrease blood pressure.
•  Maintain healthy bones. The vitamins found in blueberries are all thought to contribute to maintaining and building strong and healthy bones.
•  Fighting heart disease. The fiber, folate, potassium, and vitamin B6 found in blueberries support heart health. Plus, blueberries are low in cholesterol.
•  Healthy digestion. Blueberries are high in fiber, which promotes a healthy and regular digestive tract.

What Can Blueberries Do for My Teeth?

Recent research has worked to expand upon the known benefits of blueberries to determine whether or not the fruit can be advantageous for oral health. Blueberries have been shown to have antibacterial properties, and they are particularly active against bacteria that are associated with periodontitis.

The extract in blueberries has been shown to fight bacteria in multiple ways. First, it has been shown to stop bacteria from growing, and second, it inhibited the bacteria from creating biofilms like plaque. Additionally, the extract is also believed to block a molecular pathway that could be involved in gum inflammation, so it seems like an ideal tool in fighting gum disease.

Blueberries are also thought to be able to aid in cavity prevention, as they contain polyphenols that may inhibit tooth decay. These acids interfere with the ability of the bacteria to stick to the surfaces of the teeth. Since bacteria will result in tooth decay and gum disease, it is thought that consuming blueberries can improve dental health.

Why Are these Oral Health Benefits Important?

Gum disease is a major problem with far-reaching implications. It begins when plaque is allowed to harden on the teeth and buildup underneath the gums. The first stage of the disease is gingivitis, and this is when the plaque builds up enough that the gums will become irritated and swollen before they start to bleed. The plaque can harden into a substance known as tartar, which can only be removed by a dentist, and if it is allowed to stay on the tooth surfaces, gum disease, tooth loss, and decay can result.

Likewise, if gingivitis is not treated, a form of periodontal disease known as periodontitis can result, and this will be indicated by receding gums and eventual damage to the bone of the jaw. When considering all of the potential consequences of gum disease, it is easy to see why steps need to be taken to prevent it and how blueberries could be an important part of an oral health protection plan.

Do you need additional guidance on how to keep your teeth and gums healthy? Please contact us to set up an appointment today.

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