Do you love a nice glass of fine red wine on occasion? If so, then you'll be excited to hear about a new study recently published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. According to the latest research, a trip to your dentist at Botts Dental Spa in Collierville isn't the only way to fight cavities. Drinking red wine may actually help you fight cavities too!
How May Drinking Red Wine Fight Cavity Formation?
Cavities form when the bacteria in your mouth feast on the sugars on your teeth, resulting in an acidic byproduct that gradually wears down your tooth enamel over time. Both bacteria and sugary foods tend to be rather sticky, so both can stay on your teeth long after you've eaten, causing damage for hours or until you brush. This sticky film that covers your teeth is called biofilm, and you can often feel it if you go too long without brushing.
While brushing is the best way to remove the majority of this biofilm quickly and easily, researchers are now saying that red wine may help as well.
Researchers tested their theory by soaking biofilm cultures in red wine, alcohol-free red wine, red wine with grape seed extract, 12 percent ethanol and water. After a few minutes, the researchers removed the biofilm cultures and compared the results. The cultures that were soaked in red wine, alcohol-free red wine and red wine with grape seed extract had the least amount of biofilm remaining. The researchers were then able to conclude that moderate amounts of red wine are effective at preventing certain types of bacterial growth in the mouth, reducing the risk of cavities.
What does this mean for you? It means that the next time you enjoy a glass of red wine, you can smile knowing that you are helping protect your teeth at the same time! Just remember that red wine can also stain teeth, so don't let it sit on your teeth for too long without brushing.
While red wine may help, it will never take the place of trusted teeth cleaning methods such as brushing, flossing, rinsing with mouthwash and visiting your dentist at Botts Dental Spa in Collierville. If it's been a while since your last appointment, be sure to call your dentist at Botts Dental Spa in Collierville to set up a cleaning today.