Can Red Wine Fight Cavities?

Dental Health and Red Wine

Crack open your bottles of red wine at your next dinner party, as red wine can help fight cavities! Well, maybe – according to the claims of a study published last month in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

The study

Many studies have shown in the past that moderate consumption of red wine can provide health benefits, such as reducing your risk of heart disease. But could red wine also fight against the bacteria forming on your teeth?

The study examined five species of common oral bacteria and placed them in red wine for a few minutes each. The results showed that “red wine, at moderate concentration, inhibits the growth of some pathogenic species in an oral biofilm model.” The study further highlighted the promising attributes of the antimicrobial properties of grape seed extract in killing bacteria.

What does this mean?

Unfortunately, this study doesn’t mean that we should start gargling with red wine. It merely showcases the effectiveness of the antioxidants in grape seeds that makes red wine kill bacteria. But research like this could help scientists create a substance that you could apply to your teeth to decrease bacteria.

On the negative side, red wine can also cause your teeth to stain, so proceed with caution when drinking. Moderation is key to healthy living!

Other ways to fight against cavities

In the meantime, brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups with our fabulous dentists at Burlingame Dental Arts is the best way to maintain optimal dental health.

Read our post, “Best Ways to Improve Your Smile,” for more tips on maintaining great teeth and avoiding cavities.

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