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Can grape seed extract protect dental health?
Updated: 12/1/2008 2:00:34 PM

Can grape seed extract protect dental health? Lately, several dentists and dental health experts have been emphasizing the link between periodontal disease and overall wellbeing.

Now, French researchers have found that there is a naturally occurring extract that may aid the fight against gum disease.

Grape seed extract supplements contain antioxidants which could effectively fight the bacteria that is responsible for gum disease, reports.

A team of scientists examined how effective the extract was at combating Porphyromonas gingivalis and Fusobacterium nucleatum - two types of anaerobic bacteria at the root of periodontal disease.

"Proanthocyanidins contained in grape seed extracts have potent antioxidant properties and should be considered a potential agent in the prevention of periodontal diseases," lead author Aurelie Furiga and colleagues wrote, according to the news provider.

Grape seed extract was also judged to be successful at fighting dental plaque which forms on the teeth and protects bacteria against antimicrobial agents, inhibiting dental health.

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, gum disease is the primary cause of tooth loss among adults 35 and older.

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