Does Red Wine Fight Cavities?
Researchers have some news that may seem too good to be true: drinking moderate amounts of red wine may actually improve your dental and oral health. A couple of glasses of Pinot Noir may, in some cases, be enough to keep you away from restorative dentists, cosmetic dental procedures, or even cosmetic dental surgery. How does it work, and is drinking red wine — on its own — enough?
Scientists Explain How Red Wine Fights Cavities
Cavities result from bacteria building up around our teeth and in our mouths. In a recent study, researchers explored different compounds and substances that may help break down and/or eliminate this bacteria. “Red wine with or without alcohol and wine with grape seed extract worked best at getting rid of the bacteria,” Prevention magazine explains.
Can wine enthusiasts throw all caution to the wind and count on never having a run-in with an restorative dentist? Although drinking moderate amounts of red wine can be beneficial, scientists warn not to rely on it too heavily. Drinking red wine can also stain teeth, researchers warn. Researchers are, however, using the study to craft natural compounds to prevent cavities — and most likely using some of the same properties of red wine, too.
What More Can You Do?
Sadly, drinking glasses of Pinot Noir — and only drinking Pinot Noir — is not going to cut it. Americans can also fight cavities by avoiding starchy foods and waiting at least 45 minutes to an hour after meals before brushing their teeth. Despite what many believe, crackers, breads, and pastries convert to sugar — making them almost as bad as sweets, when it comes to your dental and oral health. Similarly, waiting 45 minutes to brush teeth after meals gives acids from foods enough time to neutralize — and prevents them from wearing away the enamel on your teeth.
Keep your teeth and smile white and healthy. Beat cavities by drinking a few glasses of red wine, and carefully consider when you are brushing your teeth (and what you are eating!) to prevent dental problems. For more information see this.