New Study Suggest Blackberries Are Key To Healthy Gums

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A new study has suggested eating blackberries could hold the key to healthy gums.

The study, published in the Journal of Periodontal Research, claims blackberries have antibacterial properties which can help to reduce the risk of gum disease and maintain gum health. Previous studies have also highlighted the health benefits of this fruit, suggesting that they can help to stop the spread of cancerous cells in the body.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, said eating a healthy, balanced diet and plenty of fruit and vegetables is beneficial for oral and general health. A healthy diet can reduce the risk of oral health problems including oral cancer and other serious medical conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes.

Dr Carter said it was an ideal time of year to start thinking about changing your diet to include more healthy foods. He suggested adding blackberries to your diet and keeping up a good oral hygiene regime.

He added that oral hygiene is simple and does not take much time. Yet many people still neglect their oral health and gum disease and decay are common. Dr Carter recommends brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash, and visiting your dentist at least once every six-twelve months for check-ups.

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