Red Wine and the Teeth

red wine and the teethRed wine has long been known to be good for your cardiovascular health, but recent headlines indicate that it may be good for your teeth, too. A recent study, which was published in the “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry,” found that red wine can inhibit the growth of S. oralis and F. nucleatum, two common species of oral bacteria that are associated with gum disease. However, it appeared to have little or no effect on S. mutans, the bacteria that are associated with tooth decay and cavities.

The study evaluated five different strains of oral pathogens. Red wine both with and without alcohol could help reduce oral pathogen levels but not as effectively as chlorhexidine rinses, and neither chlorhexidine rinses nor red wine were particularly effective in reducing the incidence of tooth decay. Previous studies have linked red wine consumption with dental erosion, which can actually increase your risk of cavities.

The best way to avoid cavities continues to be through healthy dental habits. Brush twice a day using fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, limit snacking, eat a balanced diet, and visit us about twice a year. You can also try using a fluoride or antibacterial mouthwash to further combat bacteria. If you choose to indulge in wine, eat cheese with it to help neutralize the acids or rinse with water after drinking. If stains are a problem, teeth whitening may be helpful. Give us a call today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our expert in teeth whitening in Hawthorne. We welcome patients from South Bay, LAX, El Segundo, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Torrance.

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