We’ve long been told that red wine, in moderation, is good for our health. Some research points to it having benefits such as reducing our risk of diabetes and being good for our heart. Findings from a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry now suggest that chemicals contained in red wine may help in the fight against tooth decay and gum disease.
Researchers found that these chemical compounds, called polyphenols, can help fight harmful bacteria in the mouth, just as other studies have suggested they might work well with so-called ‘good bacteria’ in our digestive tract.
I’ve previously warned against the dangers of drinking prosecco and lemon juice, as they do active damage to your teeth enamel and I’m afraid I’m not suggesting that you rush out and stock up on red wine instead. The chemicals in this Spanish study were used in far higher concentrations than occur naturally in wine, and for exposure times of more than 24 hours. This study raises some interesting questions about potential ways polyphenols could be developed to combat bacteria in our mouths. However, red wine is notorious for staining teeth, and all wine – not just the fizzy stuff – is acidic and damages tooth enamel. We should all be looking at ways to drink less alcohol and reduce our sugar intake, both to improve our overall health and well-being and also to protect our teeth.
Don’t forget that at Revive we have a range of advanced professional dental cleaning treatments to offer you. Give us a call to book a private stain removal to remove stains from things like red wine, tea, coffee and tobacco and make sure your teeth look their best.
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