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November 2013

Cake, Cranberry, Pie and Wine……

By | Dental News, News

Thanksgiving Dinner Can Be a Real Food Fight

Thanksgiving“If you’re lucky, it will all be kisses and hugs around the Thanksgiving dinner table, with friends and family near and dear gathered about, and puppies at your feet waiting for table scraps.  But peace won’t reign within the confines of the oral cavity, where Streptococcus Mutans and other harmful bacteria will await their own holiday feast.  Your meal will enable Streptococcus Mutans to launch one of it’s biggest assaults of the year on your tooth enamel.”  – University of Rochester Medical Center

Streptococcus Mutans form the sticky white gunk along our teeth known as plaque.  Plaque is made up of Glucans that are teeming with bacteria, it covers our teeth and  munches on sugar thriving in it’s warm safe place.

Hyun “Michel” Koo – a dentist turned food scientist and microbiologist is exploring the destructive power of Streptococcus Mutans and scouring foods and natural substances to harness their ability to prevent cavities.  Koo, is studying cranberries as a potential ally in the fight against S. Mutans.  “Koo has discovered that compounds within the cranberry disrupt enzymes known as glucosyltransferases that bacteria use to build glucans.  Without its glucans, S. Mutans and other bad bacteria in plaque becomes vulnerable.”

“Natural substances offer tremendous possibilities for stopping tooth decay.  Maintaining the natural balance of resident flora in the oral cavity is important for keeping opportunistic pathoges in check.” said Koo

To read more about Koo’s  study click HERE