While picking a favorite Thanksgiving dish can be difficult when there are so many great ones to choose from, it turns out that cranberry sauce is our new favorite side dish due to its supportive oral health benefits.
Overall cranberries promote good health. Cranberry sauce is higher in calories than fresh cranberries, but they contain several nutrients that protect you from health related issues. Cranberry sauce contains fiber which relieves constipation and promotes healthy cholesterol levels limiting your chances of heart disease. It also contains Vitamin C, antioxidants, and is low in fat.
As far as oral health, cranberries support dental care in many ways. When bacteria binds together, it creates a plaque in your mouth. Cranberries contain a nutrient called Proanthocyanidins, which prevents bacteria from sticking together. Cranberry juice reduces plaque by 95 percent. It reduces the production of sugars in our mouth and makes it difficult for acids to generate, decreasing the damage to your tooth enamel.
Cranberries also reduce gum disease. The fruit limits the ability of gum disease causing bacteria to stick to your teeth and gums and cuts down on amino acids that bacteria survive on.
Make cranberry sauce your side of choice this Thanksgiving to go along with your turkey. Keep reading Dr. Bruce Silva blogs for the latest in dental health news and tips on gum disease prevention.