Can Blueberries Fight Gum Disease?

Oradell Dentist Serving Bergenfield, Dumont, and Oradell, New Jersey

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease, please call Oradell family dentist Dr. Howard Perlmutter at (201) 384-9292 to schedule an examination todayA new study from Université Laval in Canada has found that polyphenols in the lowland wild blueberry bush, Vaccinium angustifolium Ait., may help fight some of the main bacteria related to gum disease. Researchers found that polyphenols specific to this plant reduced the amount of certain bacteria in the gums while also helping to reduce swelling. While the potential is unknown, this may lead to the development of exciting new antibiotic-free gum disease treatments.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Symptoms of gum disease that should be brought to the immediate attention of Oradell family dentist Dr. Howard Perlmutter include:

  • Red or swollen gum tissue
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • A foul taste in the mouth that will not respond to brushing
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Loose or shifting teeth

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call (201) 384-9292 to schedule a treatment consultation today.

Dr. Perlmutter offers a range of periodontal treatments that can eliminate bacteria from the gums and prevent serious issues from arising. While not derived from blueberries just yet, these treatments work to protect both teeth and gums, and to guard against serious oral and systemic consequences that can follow untreated gum disease.

To schedule your next appointment at Oradell Family Dental, please contact us today. We welcome patients from Bergen County and all surrounding areas of New Jersey.

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