A cranberry a day keeps the dentist away?
Known to scientists as vaccinium macrocarpan, the cranberry is native to North America. The cranberry has a long history both as food and as medicine. This year the U.S. produced 7.68 million barrels of cranberries. Massachusetts is the largest producer, beating out second place New Jersey by 400 percent. Articles on the dental health benefits of cranberries have been examined in the Journal of the American Dental Association in 1998, 2002, and 2008. There is evidence that cranberries are preventative against dental decay and for gum disease.
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