Cranberries May Fight Cavities
Study: Antioxidants in Cranberries Thwart a Major Bacterial Cavity Culprit
June 28, 2006 -- Cranberries may put the brakes on tooth decay, a new study
That finding was presented today at the International Association for Dental
Research's 84th General Session & Exhibition in Brisbane, Australia.
Researchers included Hyun Koo, DDS, PhD, of the University of Rochester
School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Koo and colleagues tested two cranberry antioxidants -- quercetin and
myricetin -- against a bacterium called Streptococcus mutans, a
leading cause of tooth decay.
The researchers didn't ask people to chew on cranberries. Instead, they
exposed Streptococcus mutans to the berry's antioxidants in lab
The antioxidants made it harder for the bacterium to behave normally, the
Weakened by the antioxidants, Streptococcus mutans might not be
able to help make dental plaque the way it normally does, the researchers
The study doesn't show how many cranberries it would take to protect your