Published: Sat, February 24, 2018
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Red wine could help your teeth and gums

Red wine could help your teeth and gums

"Polyphenols" compound in red wine is known as the fighter against bacteria in the mouth.

The benefits of drinking red wine in order to maintain oral health have previously been reported, however this latest study backs up previous findings.

Recent studies have indicated that they might also boost health by working with the "good" bacteria in our gut.

Writing in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the scientists concluded: "Our study, based on an in-vitro (laboratory) model of bacterial adherence results, is very useful as an initial approach to go deeper into the mechanisms of action of red wine polyphenols against oral diseases".

The team compared the effects of two polyphenols from red wine against grape seed and red wine extract supplements on bacteria that stick to teeth and gums. The effects were more pronounced when they were combined with the Streptococcus dentisani, an oral probiotic. Now, researchers have identified the antioxidants that make the beverage such a big hit on the health scale, can also help with oral hygiene.

On the bright side, the study could lead to new dental treatments to protect your pearly whites in the future.

"Bottom line? Enjoy your sugar-free coffee, and even red wine, but the fact we drink them over a relatively short period of time means that for the short time they'll spend in our mouth their influence on types of mouth bacteria will be limited".

"The findings suggest some compounds called phenols should be investigated further for their roles in preventing bacteria binding to cells and causing infection but this needs much validation".

However, the British Dental Association (BDA) warns that the acidic nature of wine can damage the enamel of your teeth.

"Therefore, until the benefits of this research are shown clinically, it is best to consume wine in moderation and with a meal to minimize the risk of tooth erosion", he said, according to BBC. Red wine, in particular, is abundant in polyphenols, which is why people often choose these varieties for health purposes.

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