How Can My Teeth Benefit from Red Wine?
According to the online journal Dental Tribune, approximately 6.3 billion people from across the world have problems with tooth decay. Yes, despite oral hygiene routines, fluoride toothpastes and rinses, and preventive dental exams, cavities still plaque the oral health of children and adults. What else could help individuals keep their teeth strong and free of decay? Some current research suggests that red wine could help keep tooth structure healthy and beautiful.
A Healthy Diet Helps
The American Dental Association recommends a healthy diet to decrease the chances of tooth decay and to strengthen tooth enamel and underlying gum tissue and bone structure. Key to a good diet is limiting sugary foods and beverages and to boost your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and whole grain carbohydrates. This regimen inhibits the formation of sticky plaque - what dental researchers call biofilm - on the surface of tooth enamel and also at and below the gum line.
Plaque Harbors Bacteria
Besides being unsightly, plaque provides a great home for the oral bacteria lactobacillus and streptococcus mutans - micro-organisms which secrete tooth-eating acids. Dentists and their patients can take hope in some current dental research which reveals an additional weapon to combat dental cavities. It's red wine - both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions.
How Red Wine Helps
According to scientific findings published in the Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry, red wine, with or without the alcohol content, combined with grape seed extract, suppresses the growth of oral biofilm or plaque. Less plaque means fewer strep bacteria and other oral micro-organisms that cause cavities. As with any diet modification, doctors stress that red wine should be used in moderation for its antimicrobial properties and also for its long-reputed cardiovascular support and cancer-fighting ingredients.
Additional Dental Health Tips
Lakewood dentist Ronald L. Morse DDS PC also recommends stopping all tobacco use to keep gums and teeth healthy and bright. Sealants and fluoride treatments protect young teeth against decay as well.
Arrange for a Consultation
Call the office of Robert L. Morse DDS PC to set-up a one-on-one consultation. Dr. Morse is an award-winning dental professional recognized across the country for his skill in general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry. He and his friendly staff will be happy to instruct you and your family on the best oral hygiene techniques and answer questions you may have about other ways to foster optimal oral health. Phone (303)279-6929 for an appointment.