When enjoyed in moderation, red wine is a heart-healthy beverage that is full of antioxidants. These substances increase HDL cholesterol, which can help protect against artery damage and may reduce the risk of heart disease. A recent study also indicates that red wine might also be good for gum health.
This study, which was published in the “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry,” found that red wine and alcohol-free red wine could inhibit the growth of S. oralis and F. nucleatum in oral plaque. These bacteria are strongly correlated with periodontitis. By suppressing their growth, researchers may be able to reduce the development of gum disease.
Periodontitis affects about half of adults over thirty-five and becomes more common with age. It is a major cause of tooth loss in American adults, and without treatment, gum disease can also lead to bone and gum loss. While red wine may not be considered a treatment for gum disease, it might play a role in an otherwise gum-healthy lifestyle.
The ADA currently recommends brushing twice daily using fluoride toothpaste, floss, or an interdental cleaner twice daily, eating a balanced diet, and visiting your dentist regularly. If you choose to drink wine, remember that it is highly acidic, so enjoy your wine with some cheese to buffer the acid. Rinse with water when you are finished to dilute the acids. Call us today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lozada, cosmetic dentist.
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