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Plaque-Busting Cranberry Juice (Israel)
By keeping plaque-forming bacteria from adhering to teeth, cranberry juice may help prevent gingivitis and gum disease. Scientists at Tel Aviv University School of Dental Medicine point to the same compounds in cranberries that prevent urinary tract infections. But, the researchers warn, don't stock up on cranberry juice just yet: The high sugar content of most commercial juices may actually promote tooth decay. Further study with sugar-free juice products is needed. (Journal of the American Dental Association, Dec. 1998)
Date Published: 03/30/2000
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