Although cranberries are typically touted for promoting bladder and men’s health, a new study indicates that drinking cranberry juice may also be good for your teeth.

Researchers found that applying a solution containing 25 percent unsweetened cranberry juice for one minute two times per day significantly reduced plaque formation and growth. It also caused the bacteria involved in the plaque to produce less acid, meaning that the cranberry juice could also protect tooth enamel. The amount the researchers used is similar to the concentrations found in the Biona Pure Organic Cranberry Juice with 25% dilution. So if you are about to adopt the cranberry gargle be sure to select a no added sugar version. You’re much better off with plain cranberry juice, like the Biona pure juice. If this is too tart for you, try sweetening it with Xylobrit, xylitol.

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