New research published in the Journal of Periodontal Research suggests that the antibacterial properties contained in blackberries could help prevent or at least help with the treatment of gum disease. When compared to other berries, it was revealed that blackberries contain the most antioxidants that have been linked to blocking the spread of cancer cells – which could mean that they also assist with the prevention of oral cancer.
Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation said that this backed the theory that a good, balanced diet benefits all aspects of health. He commented that a healthy diet full of vitamins, minerals, and fresh product can offer a high level of anti-oxidants to help in the fight against numerous ailments, including gum disease and oral cancer – he even added that a New Year’s resolution involving diet improvement would be a good way to start 2013.
Dr Carter went on to say that; ‘Although the study is promising, it is important that any use of blackberries in preventing and treating gum disease should be as well as maintaining a good oral hygiene routine. Prevention is a really important word when it comes to oral health and it is fairly easy to keep on top of. It does not take up too much time or a lot of money, yet it is surprising how many people actually forego basic oral hygiene principles, including brushing for two minutes twice a day.’