Red Wine and Your Teeth
Red wine has been linked to cardiovascular health, but a recent study has linked it to improved dental health, as well. Red wine with and without alcohol can inhibit the growth of certain strains of oral bacteria, according to the study, which was published in the “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.”
Study volunteers used conventional red wine, dealcoholized red wine, as well as a chlorhexidine gluconate mouthwash, and the oral bacteria levels were evaluated. Both types of wine interfered with the growth of F. nucleatum and S. oralis, two bacterial strains responsible for periodontal disease. Chlorhexidine was also effective in inhibiting microbial growth, including S. mutans, the bacteria responsible for cavities.
Wine alone is not necessarily enough to keep your teeth and gums strong. In fact, drinking too much wine could lead to stained teeth, acid erosion, and an increased risk of serious dental problems, such as oral cancer. However, this study reveals that moderate drinking might help inhibit certain dangerous strains of oral bacteria.
Brushing, flossing, and other healthy dental habits continue to be important when it comes to preventing tooth decay and periodontal disease. Eat a healthy diet, and limit snacking in between meals. Visit our office regularly for cleanings and checkups. Consider adding an antibacterial mouthwash to your routine to further combat oral bacteria. If you do indulge in an occasional glass of wine, it is unlikely to hurt your teeth, and in fact might even help. Tooth whitening can help you manage any stains. Call us to learn more or to schedule an appointment.
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