If you enjoy the occasional glass of red wine with a meal, you may have noticed how the drink leaves your smile stained red. A drink that stains your mouth may leave you questioning whether or not it is healthy for you. While you may have already read somewhere that red wine is good for your heart and brain, you may not have heard that it can be good for your smile, too. A recent study recently published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry shows that red wine may have some benefits for your smile and your oral health.
Defense Against Bad Bacteria
The study includes comparisons of the effect of two types of polyphenols that are typically found in red wine on three harmful oral bacteria: fusobacterium nucleatum, streptococcus mutans, and porphyromonas gingivalis. Experimenting on a laboratory model of gum tissue, research found that the two red wine polyphenols were most effective at repelling harmful oral bacteria and preventing them from attaching to healthy gum tissue. This could create protection against harmful oral bacteria that can cause cavities and gum disease.
Benefits of Polyphenols
Most of the health benefits of red wine come from polyphenols. Polyphenols have antioxidant properties that can protect against action of free radicals, which are unstable atoms that can play a part in the cellular aging process. Polyphenols act like nutritional superheroes with an arsenal of health benefits; one of the benefits is their positive impact on our gut bacteria. When polyphenols get absorbed into the small intestine, they interact with the gut microbiota to defend against some of the harmful bacteria. In the Journal study, the hypothesis was that the polyphenols found in red wine and grapes could have that similar, protective effect in the mouth that is had on the gut.
Red wine can have benefits for your smile
Your occasional drink of red wine can benefit your smile’s health. To schedule a consultation, call Lake Country Orthodontics in Ft. Worth, TX, at (817) 236-7846. We serve adults, teens, and children from White Settlement, North Fort Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and surrounding Texas communities.