Gum inflammation, or gingivitis, is a common affliction, one that can be a precursor to more serious dental issues. The build-up of bacteria-laden plaque on teeth can lead to gum or periodontal disease. While we all know the standard preventative measures – brush, floss, and visit your dentist regularly – a new weapon has been found in the fight against gum disease.
Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been looking into various natural antibacterial compounds to combat gum disease. Preliminary lab tests have shown that a compound found in blueberries, called polyphenol, is able to stop bacterial growth and prevent the formation of biofilms, a precursor to plaque.
Blueberry-enhanced products could appear on shelves as a supportive treatment for the prevention of plaque buildup and overall good oral hygiene.