Red Wine Could Help Fight Cavities

June 10, 2017 by Dr David Bloom

Dental Health, Diet

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Take Care of Your Teeth with Perfect SmileRed wine is commonly cited as one of the most frequent causes of teeth discolouration, but according to a new study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, moderate consumption of the beverage could actually reduce the risk of dental cavities.

The research, carried out by a team of academics at the Spanish Research Council, found that some of the components that red wine contains can fight bacteria in the oral cavity and can neutralise the acids they produce which causes damage to the enamel. When bacteria accumulate, they create the biofilms – communities of bacteria that cause tooth decay and inflammation.

The key to fighting bacteria is hidden in the grapes that are used to produce red wine, lead researcher Maria Victoria Moreno-Arribas explained. For the study, researchers focused on several different liquids, including red wine, water, alcohol-free red wine, and 12% ethanol. The effect of all these were tested on biofilms made from bacteria by dipping the biofilms within the liquids. According to media reports, the best results were registered for red wine and red wine with grape seed extract.

The results of the study could be used to develop new technologies and products that could minimize the risk of cavities by emulating the effect that red wine has on bacteria.

Such products could be extremely beneficial, as dental cavities are among the most common dental conditions, affecting between 60% and 90% of the world’s population.

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Dr David Bloom

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