Did you know cranberries are great for the health of your teeth? There is an abundance of information of cranberries and urinary tract health. Here is some facts on the health of your teeth and cranberries.
Healthy teeth and positive dental health is vital not only for a positive social encounters but for maintaining a healthy body and lifestyle. Dental plaque can contribute to a whole host of health issues including bad breath, heart issues and more. Plaque is composed primarily of bacteria that can attach to the gums and teeth. In addition the attaching the teeth and gums, oral bacteria also attaches to other bacteria in the mouth thus forming a colony of bacteria in the mouth.
Cranberry juice has a unique component referred to as a high-molecular-weight nondialysable material (NDM). This NDM has the ability to inhibit and reverse the colonization of certain oral bacteria that is responsible for periodontal disease and dental plaque.
Dental plaque is the result of oral bacteria that has attached itself to the gums and teeth. As you know, plaque soon becomes very hard. In addition, plaque may comprise of hundred of species of bacteria and can be resistant to salvia and brushing. Once the bacterium hardens, it is your dentist’s job to scrape the plaque off with highly specialized dental tools. Dental plaque can be a major cause of periodontal disease.
Cranberries amazing anti-adhesion ability not only prevent bacteria from sticking to the walls of your bladder, it also helps oral bacteria from sticking to your teeth and gums.
The cranberry has an interesting history since it is only one of three fruits native to North America. The other two native fruits are concord grapes and blueberries. The cranberry was a staple of Native Americans for a tasty ingredient for all types of meals. In addition, the cranberry was used as a dye for blankets, rugs and even used as an ingredient to treat arrow wounds.
The Native Americans taught the early settlers the secrets of the cranberry. The cranberry received it name from the “crane berry” because the plants appearance is a slender and downward hanging blossom resembling the head and neck of the crane. Over time the word was shortened to “cranberry”.
The commercial cultivation of the cranberry began in 1816 in Cape Cod, Massachusetts by Captain Henry Hall. The captain noticed the cranberries in his bogs grew better when sand blew over the cranberry bogs. After noticing this, the captain began spreading sand on his wet bogs. This technique was quickly copied and was used by a number of budding cranberry farms, thus the cranberry industry was born.
Cranberry vines grow in beds layered in sand and peat. These growing areas are called bogs. Cranberries are harvested by using two methods – wet and dry.
Dry harvested cranberries are sold as fresh fruit and the fruit is “combed” off the vine by mechanical machines. Wet harvested cranberries are harvested by flooding the bogs with water and using mechanical harvesters to agitate the water. This causes the cranberries to disconnect from the vine and float to the top. Once these newly dislodged cranberries are floating atop the water, there are collected into trucks. Wet harvested berries are used to produce sauce, juice and dried cranberries.