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Red Wine as a Cavity Fighter

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

red wine cavity fighterGreat news for oenophiles: You might have heard that red wine benefits the heart, but a recent study suggests that drinking a glass of red wine a day may also prevent cavities.

For the study, which was published in the ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers grew bacterial cultures related to dental diseases, namely Streptococcus mutans. Then, they dipped them into different liquids including red wine, red wine without alcohol, red wine spiked with grape seed extract and water with 12 percent ethanol.

Red wine with or without alcohol as well as wine with grape seed extract proved the best at getting rid of bacteria. By fighting off odorous anaerobic bacteria with non-alcoholic red wine, you could also help avoid bad breath.

Dental diseases are extremely prevalent not only in the U.S., but throughout the world. An estimated 60 to 90 percent of the global population is affected by cavities, periodontal disease and tooth loss, according to the report. 

The problem originates when harmful bacteria in the mouth gather to form biofilms, which are communities of bacteria that produce acid and plaque that damages the walls of the teeth. Of course, brushing with toothpastes that contain fluoride, flossing and rinsing your mouth out with alcohol-free mouthwash can help kill the bacterial plaque.  (more…)

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No Convincing Needed: Delicious Food and Drink for Oral Health

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Keeping a clean and healthy mouth is undoubtedly one of the most 1335583_42968226important aspects of one’s health. Not only is it the gateway to communicating with others, suffering from oral health ailments can lead to other illnesses, such as diabetes and heart disease. Maintaining a regular regimen of brushing, flossing and rinsing, cutting out high-fat foods and increasing water consumption all play a vital role in the health of our body and mouth. However, there are several oral health-boosting foods and beverages that you may not mind adding to your daily intake.

Dark chocolate
Polyphelons and antioxidants found in dark chocolate can inhibit the growth and spreading of bacteria in the mouth and on the teeth. These substances help to balance out the bad bacteria and toxins that cause damage throughout the body. Plus, dark chocolate contains a large amount of vitamins and minerals that may aid oral health, including iron, magnesium, potassium and copper. Iron is especially important because an iron deficiency can lead to tongue inflammation and canker sores.

“The effectiveness of polyphenols from these beverages as anti-cariogenic agents needs to be confirmed by larger in vivo studies carried out on different age-groups, and in different geographical areas,” researchers from the University of Naples, where the study was undertaken, noted. “Further research on anti-cariogenic activity of cocoa, coffee, and tea could open a promising avenue of applications, since they are relatively safe, have taste and odor largely appreciated and could be used at a reasonable cost in the preparation of specific anti-cariogenic remedies.”

When choosing a piece of dark chocolate, it is recommended to get a cocoa content of at least 70 percent.

Red wine
Suggesting alcohol for oral health may seem far-fetched, but the American Dental Association has reported that drinking a glass of red wine everyday can not only help the heart, but it can aid in inhibiting gum disease and tooth decay.


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