Wine As Cavity Fighter
As you ease into your weekend and perhaps reach for a small glass of red wine tonight, you might find this article as interesting as we did. Its headline is ‘Red Wine As A Cavity Fighter’, and it makes you wonder whether ‘it’s good for my heart AND my teeth’ will become a good reason to enjoy a glass of red.
In the study, researchers “grew cultures of bacteria responsible for dental diseases as a biofilm. They dipped the biofilms for a couple of minutes in different liquids, including red wine, red wine without the alcohol, red wine spiked with grape seed extract, and water and 12 percent ethanol for comparison. Red wine with or without alcohol and wine with grape seed extract were the most effective at getting rid of the bacteria”.
Now before you pour yourself another glass, it is important to know that wines are acidic, so while red wine might be able to reduce the quantity of bacteria on your teeth, it still has the ability to erode the enamel—something that can also lead to cavities. Not only that, red wine also stains teeth very effectively.
Read more about the study on how wine has been shown to reduce the growth of plaque using this link.