How Red Wine Affects Your Teeth
When it comes to your smile, wine may be a better choice than you previously believed. Although wine is notorious for staining teeth, a recent study indicates that it may also help inhibit bacterial growth for a healthier smile. According to a recent lab study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, red wine and alcohol-free red wine interfere with the growth of F. nucleatum and S. Oralis, which can affect periodontal health.
In the experiment, the wine was used for two minutes at a time every seven hours for a week. Researchers cautioned that these are not the types of conditions in which most people drink wine. They also warned that suppressing a single type or several types of bacteria could increase the risk of opportunistic infections or prove to have beneficial effects for health. Further research needs to be done before researchers can make any recommendations about using wine for oral health.
However, this can be good news for those who may have been worried about how wine can affect dental health. Wine is an acidic drink, which means that it could have the same problems that soda, energy drinks and coffee can have. If you enjoy a glass of wine, try to eat some cheese with your drink. Cheese has teeth-building calcium, and it can also combat enamel erosion.
You can take other steps to protect your teeth and gums, as well. Eat a balanced diet while limiting particularly sweet or starchy snacks. Brush two times a day, and floss or use an interdental cleaner at least once daily. Visit us twice a year or on your recommended schedule also to ensure preventing future dental problems. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in teeth whitening in Northridge.
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