Over the last several years, you have heard about the amazing health benefits that red wine can produce, like improving your cardiovascular functions. However, you have been hesitant to drink it because your dentist has told you that it can cause tooth discoloration. While this may be true if you do not brush your teeth afterward, you may want to reconsider your choice. Not only is red wine great for your body, but it can also encourage a healthy mouth. In fact, new research shows that it can help to combat tooth decay and gum disease in South Hadley.
Benefit from Red Wine
Red wine contains certain chemicals, known as proanthocyanidins, phytonutrients, and antioxidant properties, which have been shown in an Italian study to prevent the growth of Streptococcus mutans. These bacteria are known to cause tooth decay from combining with saliva to erode the tooth’s enamel.
During the study, researchers removed the alcohol from red wine and added cultures of the bacteria that is found in saliva, as well as saliva-coated teeth that had been extracted and calcium ceramic beads that were also coated in saliva. The results of their findings found that the wine hindered the bacteria from clinging to the teeth and the saliva.
By inhibiting the growth of the bacteria, it may not only decrease the occurrence of tooth decay but may also reduce your need for periodontal therapy in South Hadley by promoting your gum health. While red wine appears to be beneficial, more research is needed to evaluate the acidity of it and it effects on enamel erosion.
Protect Your Smile
Adding a glass of red wine to your day can help to promote a healthy body and mouth; however, it is important to remain proactive about your oral hygiene to help to prevent tooth discoloration. It is known to cause enamel stains due to the dark pigmentation of the berries. You can help to reduce stains by brushing your teeth well immediately after drinking it. If that is not possible, it is best to rinse your mouth with water.
Even with the best preventive measures in place, you may notice your teeth darkening over time, which is a natural part of the aging process. To restore a bright, white smile, professional teeth whitening in South Hadley will get your teeth several shades whiter using a highly concentrated whitening agent.
Get a Healthy Smile Today!
To make an investment in your oral and general health, maybe it is time to add a glass of red wine with your dinner. With the right oral hygiene habits, you can help to prevent tooth discoloration while improving your well-being.
About Newton Street Dental
Newton Street Dental is committed to helping our patients reach superior oral health. We provide personalized solutions to help you reach and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. If you have any questions about the benefits of red wine or how to prevent tooth discoloration from drinking it, please contact our office today to speak with a member of our dental team.