Can Blackberries Prevent Tooth Loss?

Blackberries could play a role in the prevention and treatment of gum disease according to new research published in ‘The Journal of Peridontal Research’.

It shows that the antibacterial properties of blackberry extract could help to prevent or aid in the treatment of gum disease, which, if left untreated, may result in tooth loss.

Natural extract from blackberries has previously been linked with blocking the spread of cancer cells, and when measured against blueberry, raspberry, redcurrant and strawberries, blackberries showed the greatest total antioxidant capacity. Strawberries and green vegetables have previously been linked to reducing the chance of developing oral cancer, while other studies have found that fish and fish oil can fight gum disease.

Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter, thinks the research highlights the importance of eating a healthy balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals and fresh produce to provide anti-oxidants and is something we should all be striving to achieve. It can help to prevent a number of oral health problems including gum disease and oral cancer. not to mention potential heart problems as well.

Although the study is promising, it is important to remember that any use of blackberries in preventing and treating gum disease should be in addition to maintaining a good oral health routine. Prevention is a really important word when it comes to oral health and it is fairly easy to keep on top of as it does not take up too much time or money, yet it is surprising how many people actually forego basic oral hygiene principles, including brushing for two minutes twice a day.