July is National Blueberry Month. But before you drop what you?re doing and race to the market to celebrate this joyous occasion, you should probably consider whether berries are good for your teeth and overall health. Luckily our Richmond, VA dentist Dr. Charles Martin is here to share some juicy facts about berries and their effect on your oral health.
A Mouthful of Berries
Dark fruits, such as blackberries, cherries and this month?s darling, the beloved blueberry, all contain dark pigments. These deep blacks, reds, and blues can permeate enamel and stain your teeth. Strawberries can actually brighten your smile because of the malic acid they contain.
Here?s a fun fact: blueberries get their deep blue color from the pigment anthocyanin.
Blueberries have more anti-oxidants than any other fruit. Anti-oxidants can boost your immune system and fight free-radicals, substances that can cause increased inflammation and lead to cancer and Alzheimer?s. Since inflammation is a catalyst in most chronic disease, blueberries are a ?berry good? choice for a healthy snack. One cup of blueberries has about 14 percent of your daily recommended amount of fiber and 25 percent of your vitamin C recommendation. A study by the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center found that blueberries may reduce belly fat and the risk of developing heart disease. Researchers fed rats a blueberry-enhanced powder mixed with their regular food. After 90 days, the rats on the blueberry diet had decreased triglyceride levels, lower cholesterol, improved fasting glucose and insulin sensitivity, and less abdominal fat.
Blueberries May Inhibit Dental Decay
Blueberries contain polyphenols. These beneficial acids interfere with bacteria?s ability to adhere to tooth surfaces. Since bacteria causes gum disease and tooth decay, blueberries can improve your dental health. Blueberries can also help you avoid urinary tract infections because of their ability to inhibit bacteria?s ability to adhere to bladder tissues.
Visit Dr. Martin
The potential health benefits of blueberries are great, but their bacteria-fighting properties aren?t enough to achieve and maintain your optimal smile. It?s still important to brush twice daily, floss once a day, and schedule regular cleanings and checkups with Dr. Martin. Call Richmond Smile Center at (804) 417-7203 and schedule an appointment with our Richmond dentist Dr. Martin. We serve patients throughout Richmond and the surrounding areas.