Our dentists in Huntersville cannot wait to dive into their Thanksgiving meals. Piles of potatoes, turkey and pie are a siren call of holiday spirit, but all the sugars, starches and acids can wear on healthy teeth. As it turns out, there may be a secret weapon lurking in your holiday feast. Are cranberries going to the the hot new thing in dental health tips?
Sugars in the foods we eat encourage the growth of plaque-causing bacteria, and these bacteria create a substance called glucan. Glucan builds up and turns into plaque, the leading cause of tooth decay. Our saliva also react to the sugars in foods to produce acid that softens and eats away at our tooth enamel.
Studies are showing that there are substances in cranberries that disrupt the formation of plaque and help prevent acid erosion of enamel. One study performed by researchers Nicholi Vorsa and Michael Koo found that these substances decreased acid and glucan production by up to 70%.
Unfortunately, these substances would have to be drawn out of cranberries to be of any use. Cranberries are acid and high and sugar themselves, negating the effects of the beneficial substances they contain. To keep your teeth in tip-top shape this Thanksgiving, you will need follow a few dental health tips from our expert cosmetic dentists.
After each meal and Thanksgiving snack, rinse your mouth with water. Brush your teeth twice a day, but wait at least an hour after eating acidic or sugary foods before brushing. This gives your enamel a chance to harden again after exposure. To put your best smile forward this Thanksgiving, give our cosmetic dentists a call, and be sure to visit our dentists in Huntersville for a regular checkup to keep your teeth healthy.
If you have any questions or would like more information about how cranberries combat cavities, or any additional information about our cosmetic dentistry services, please feel free to contact our Huntersville dentist office at 704-948-1111 or by using our convenient online appointment request form.