Can Cranberry Juice Help Fight Cavities?

Some studies have found that cranberry juice helps fight cavities. Drinking 100% cranberry juice, not juice cocktail, contains an enzyme that serves as a repellent for bacteria on your teeth. This enzyme keeps the bacteria from being able to stick to your teeth, which prevents it from eating away the layers of your teeth. Cranberry has also been found to help block the formation of plaque buildup in your mouth. Before you go buying all the cranberry you get your hands on, cranberry sauce, cranberry juice cocktail, and other cranberry flavored products can both contain large amounts of sugar and are bad for the teeth! 100% cranberry juice with no sugar added is the only product that actually helps fight tooth decay.

Benefits of 100% Cranberry Juice

The enzyme in the cranberry packs a 1-2 punch. Along with stopping the bacteria before they start feeding on the sugars in your mouth, it also may disrupt the formation of glucan, one of the main building blocks of Plaque. Other non-dental benefits:

  • Loaded with vitamin C
  • Helps lower cholesterol
  • Helps cure UTI (urinary tract infections)
  • Cuts colds and sore throats
  • Boosts eyesight
  • Helps lower blood pressure

What are the symptoms of a cavity?

Symptoms of cavities can vary. When a cavity is just beginning, you may not have any symptoms at all. As the decay gets larger, it may cause signs and symptoms such as:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Pain when you bite down
  • Mild to sharp pain when eating or drinking something sweet, hot or cold
  • Visible holes or pits in your teeth
  • Toothache, spontaneous pain, or pain that occurs without any apparent cause
  • Brown, black or white staining on any surface of a tooth

The takeaway:

Cranberries are naturally very acidic and every time you eat or drink something acidic the enamel on your teeth is softened temporarily. So while cranberries can be enjoyed, like anything they should be enjoyed in moderation to avoid potential problems. While cranberry juice can help fight plaque and cavities, brushing, flossing, and using fluoride is important for oral health. Be sure to get your whole family regular check-ups with your family dentist. Brush your teeth twice a day and your smile will stay bright and healthy.

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