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Another Reason to Smile – Wine Is Good For Your Teeth!

Another Reason to Smile – Wine Is Good For Your Teeth!

blog , Laurita Winery , wine news , Wine Science 🕔February 21, 2018 0 comments

For years studies have shown that wine, particularly red wine, is good for you when enjoyed in moderation. It has been shown to help limit flu symptoms, and has even been recognized (by us, at least) as the possible fountain of youth.

Now there’s another reason to smile about wine. According to a recent study from the American Chemical Society suggests that the polyphenols are good for your teeth and gums.

Polyphenols are organic chemicals found in many foods, and according to the Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News:

Red wine is a rich source of dietary polyphenols, with multiple studies providing evidence that these compounds have health-promoting benefits, and may also impact on gut microbiota.

You could, of course, get your polyphenols from food. The BBC recommends some delicious sources like blueberries and raspberries, kiwi fruit, beans, and green tea. But we’re all about the wine here, so let’s get back to the study.

Researchers compared the effects of two polyphenols from red wine against grape seed and red wine extract supplements on bacteria that stick to teeth and gums and cause dental plaque, cavities and gum disease.

They found the wine polyphenols and extracts all reduced the bacteria’s ability to stick to the cells, but the polyphenols – caffeic and p-coumaric acids – were more effective.

Now if you’re like us, wine already makes you smile. The idea that our smile is getting healthier as we sip only makes us smile even more! But don’t throw away the toothbrush in favor of a bottle of red.

The British Dental Association’s scientific adviser, Professor Damien Walmsley, said the study was “interesting” but it did not mean people should start drinking more.

“In fact, the acidic nature of wine means that consuming a lot of these drinks will damage the enamel of the teeth,” he said.

So keep it in moderation, folks. And smile!

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