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Red Wine: It May Stain Your Teeth But It Fights Cavities

 

Red Wine: It May Stain Your Teeth But It Fights Cavities: image via acspressblog.comRed Wine: It May Stain Your Teeth But It Fights Cavities: image via acspressblog.comWhat a glass or two of red wine can do to your pearly whites!  But never you mind.  A new study published in the American Chemical Society's Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry has revealed that red wine is not only healthy for your heart, but for your teeth. It fights cavities!  

I bet you think it's the alcohol in red wine that kills the nasty microbes in your mouth!  No, it's not - or, at least, not just the alcohol. 

Based on previous research that showed that red wine and grape seed extract both had bacteria-destroying capabiities, investigators from CIAL Research Insitute for Food Science in Madrid and the Center of Dental Medicine of the University of Zurich put them to the test, creating cultures of bacteria that often collect in the mouth and cause plaque, gum disease, and, eventually, tooth loss. They put these cultures on biofilms to be tested.

 


The biofilms were then dipped in one of four solutions for several minutes: red wine, red wine without alcohol, red wine with grape-seed extract, and a solution of water and 12 percent ethanol.  Results favored all of the red wine solutions; yes, even the one without alcohol.


Assays conducted on microbial biofilms by authors Irene Muñoz-González, Thomas Thurnheer, Begoña Bartolomé, and M. Victoria Moreno-Arribas: image via pubs.acs.orgAssays conducted on microbial biofilms by authors Irene Muñoz-González, Thomas Thurnheer, Begoña Bartolomé, and M. Victoria Moreno-Arribas: image via pubs.acs.org


Now don't throw out your toothpaste or mouthwash, and maybe you even want to keep your whitening strips.... But if you feel like having a glass of red wine, you can add to its list of benefits that it does help you fight cavities!


Sources: Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, ACS News Service