Could Red Wine Be Benefiting Your Smile?
Calling all wine junkies!!! Could red wine be benefiting your smile?
Red wine might aid in the prevention of cavities, suggests Medical News Today, Huffington Post and additional media coverage of a laboratory study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Studies in Italy revealed that elements in red wine called proanthocyanidins, phytonutrients discovered in foods like grapes, apples and chocolate that have antioxidant properties, seem to avert the bacteria Streptococcus mutans, which causes tooth decay, from sticking to saliva and teeth.
However, researchers knew that red wine could enhance heart health and overall health but what about mouth diseases like, gum disease and tooth decay? Although, media and the study in Italy found that red wine was beneficial, this was a misconception drawn through headlines. The study actually found that red wine with or without alcohol had no effect on the growth of S. mutans. The scientists also stated that red wine and dealcoholized red wine were effective in limiting growth of F. nucleatum and S. oralis. Might this mean that red wine may be good for periodontal health? Perhaps, if you were to hold it in your mouth for two minutes every seven hours for seven days. The only reason the study found there to be possible benefits from red wine were the experimental environment that was provided to the study.
Enough about red wine! What about the white wine drinkers? They are still not fully sure if white wine has any benefits of this kind. In fact, they believe that white wine can actually eat into tooth enamel due to the high acid found in it.
The only way to get that truly healthy smile is to maintain oral health the way the ADA recommends:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with an ADA-Accepted fluoride toothpaste.
- Clean between your teeth once a day.
- Eat a healthy diet and limit snacks.
- Visit your dentist regularly
Sources: http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/basics/nutrition-and-oral-health/article/ADA-04-red-wine-helps-oral-health http://www.ada.org/en/science-research/science-in-the-news/is-red-wine-good-for-your-teeth