Wine may be Good for Your Teeth
Much has been written about the potential health benefits of red wine, often focusing on the fact that anti-oxidants called polyphenols can prevent heart disease and cancer. Now a new study suggests all types of wine may be good for your teeth.
Professor Gabriella Gazzani of the University of Pavia in Italy recently published findings showing that wine can act as an antimicrobial substance in the mouth. And this is not just because of the alcohol content; wine seems to fight the bacteria that cause tooth decay and cavities even when the alcohol is removed.
According to Gazzoni’s findings, several acids in wine can kill or inhibit streptococci bacteria. Streptococci is responsible for tooth decay and sore throats. Gazzoni is currently studying whether certain wine compounds should be added to mouthwash.
Red wine may not be the first thing that comes to mind for maintaining healthy teeth, but Gazzoni says that, “Red wine resulted to be more active as an antibacterial then white wine.” The study will be published in the July 11th issue of ACS’ Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry.