While the turkey is traditionally the focal point of the Thanksgiving meal, don’t skimp on the cranberries! They may provide some amazing benefits to the overall health of your teeth.
A recent study at the University of Rochester looked at the relationship between cranberries and teeth. The study showed that compounds found in cranberries inhibit harmful bacteria.
These bacteria live in our mouths and feed off carbohydrates and sugar to secrete harmful acids that attack and break down tooth enamel. Compounds contained in cranberries, however, can limit plaque growth and help maintain your tooth enamel.
Don’t go on a cranberry feeding frenzy just yet though. Many cranberry products contain large amounts of added sugar that can actually increase your risk for developing cavities. Be sure to eat cranberries without added sugar.