Researchers at Université Laval in Canada have found that an extract from low bush blueberries can fight gum disease and are now seeking to produce an oral device that slowly releases blueberry extract.
Gum inflammation is quite common and is caused by the build-up of bacteria in dental plaque and if not stopped will lead to gum disease. Bacterial plaque can be removed through regular oral hygiene but if it builds up into tartar, a specialist dental health professional is needed. Once gum disease sets in, antibioltics may be used to combat it. The recent discovery however shows that blueberry polyphenols may be able to replace the anti biotics having antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Tests in vitro showed that blueberry extract could prevent Fusobacterium nucleatum, a bacterium that plays a key role in gum disease, from causing inflammation.
The researchers used the low bush blueberry which is harvested in Canada and USA and not the highbush blueberry which is used in our products.