While cranberries have long been known for their ability to prevent urinary tract infections, new research has shed some light on their ability to prevent tooth decay and cavities. It seems the same compounds that help prevent bacteria from building up in the bladder, also have the ability to prevent bacteria from clinging to teeth. The red berry was also found to ward off plaque.
While these findings are promising in terms of dental health, researchers warn against excessive consumption of cranberry juice, since many cranberry products have added sugar. In addition, an excess amount of cranberry products may actually have the opposite effect by stripping away essential minerals due to its natural acidity.
More tests are needed to identify the exact compound that is responsible for preventing tooth decay before clinical trials can be considered.
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