Berry Beneficial: Can Tasty Treats Tint your Teeth?
Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries—oh my! Picking fresh fruits gets us berry excited. But with all of those deep hues, should we worry about staining our smile?
The truth is kind of. Those reds (white teeth) and blues can temporarily create stains. Just remember to rinse with water after you snack. The good news? Berries’ health benefits trump temporary teeth tinting.
• Raspberries are high in anthocyanin, which occurs naturally in plant tissue. It provides anti-inflammatory benefits that boost heart health and improves blood flow. Worried about those pesky, little seeds? Carry floss in your pocket or purse, so you always have it on hand. Learn why you should floss like a boss.
• Strawberries are a source of polyphenols, an ingredient that may help break down starches.And polyphenols cut cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth. Strawberries also contain malic acid, an astringent that removes tooth discoloration on the surface.
• Blueberries have more antioxidants than any other fruit. Antioxidants can boost your immune system and fight free radicals, substances that can increase inflammation. And, like strawberries, blueberries contain polyphenols.
• The dark color in blackberries makes them stand out in fruit salads and desserts, but it also indicates a high concentration of antioxidants. Research suggests that their vitamin content may help reduce the risk of heart problems and periodontal disease.
When it comes to berries, pick on for your pearly whites! Happy snacking!