This may be some news that gets a lot of people’s attention! Researchers have found evidence that drinking wine may have a positive impact on your oral health and help to prevent gum disease in Horsham. Does that sound unbelievable? If so, then read on as your local dentist weighs in with a novel approach to fighting harmful bacteria that could contribute to gum (periodontal) disease.
What’s Inside of Wine That Makes It Helpful?
The main ingredient in wine that provides health benefits is the polyphenol. It is a compound that contains antioxidants that help to protect the body from roaming bacteria by interacting with them in the gut before they can spread and cause havoc.
Researchers sought to legitimize their initial findings by conducting a series of studies of two particular types of polyphenols: caffeic and p-courmaric. They found that when consumed in a moderate fashion, they helped to coat cells in a way that make it harder for bacteria to cling to them, thus preventing the start of new decay.
It’s important, when discussing any agent that has healthy benefits, to remember that anything can become harmful once overindulged in. The same goes for wine consumption. Not only can overconsumption lead to you losing control of your faculties; it can also flood your mouth and body with fast-acting sugars that can cause your insulin levels to rise, which can become toxic over time.
Thus, be sure to drink responsibly and with care, so that you can enjoy the maximum benefits of the polyphenols contained in wine.
How Does Oral Hygiene Factor in?
If you choose to consume wine, practicing excellent oral hygiene helps to limit staining and prevent tooth decay from the sugars. The agitating motion of the bristles loosens debris from your teeth and allows them to be flushed from your mouth when you rinse. Flossing will then probe the areas between your ivories that your toothbrush can’t reach using its flexible material to bend and twist as needed.
My participating in both activities, you are enhancing your appearance and ensuring that your oral health is excellent for years to come. If you have other questions about ways to prevent periodontal disease and enjoy a beautiful smile, reach out to your dentist in Horsham to schedule an appointment today!
About the Author
Dr. Gary Henkel earned his BS degree in Biology from Wayne State University and then went on to receive his dental degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry in 1979. He’s since gone on to provide expert and compassionate care for nearly 40 years. To continue to sharpen his skills, Dr. Henkel has taken several hours of continuing education throughout his career and has earned a mastership from the Academy of General Dentistry. A member of several professional organizations, he both treats and teaches his patients how to protect their oral health at Horsham Dental Elements and can be reached for more information through his website.