Polyphenols are chemical compounds found naturally in tea and cranberries. All of us develop problems with our teeth and gums because of bacteria.
Studies have shown that the polyphenols in green tea and cranberries possess antibacterial qualities which make them surprisingly useful in battling tooth decay and gum disease.
Depending on how the tea leaves are grown, harvested and processed, the number of Polyphenols in tea will vary. For those of us that are tea drinkers, this is a definite plus. For those who are not tea drinkers, fear not, it has been proven that plaque can be reduced by rinsing your mouth out with green tea after brushing.
The cranberry is one of the most studied and discussed fruits due to its health benefits and high polyphenol content. Beware of some cranberry dishes. Due to the fact that cranberries are naturally acidic, the amount of sugar in the dish may outweigh the benefits.
Fighting oral bacteria can be as simple as drinking tea and eating cranberries… But, to ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy, remember to maintain a balanced diet, brush twice daily, floss at least once a day and visit your dentist bi-annually.