Everything that you eat and drink affects your oral health, even if you only eat or drink a little bit or once in a while. Carbs and sugars can hurt the health and look of your smile. You do not rinse out your mouth with water or brush your teeth right away after eating of drinking sugars. Did you know? Starches and sugars can turn into acids that make holes in your teeth. This could cause a cavity, gum disease, and even a root canal! But, have you ever thought about drinking red wine to better your oral health? According to the American Dental Association, a little bit of red wine may help, instead of harm, your oral health!
How Does Red Wine Help?
Red wine contains chemicals called proanthocyanidins that act as antioxidants. These chemicals stop bad germs, called Streptococcus mutans, from staying on the tooth and causing decay. There are many studies from across the world, including countries like Italy and Canada, that have shown that this chemical in red wine can stop tooth decay before it starts. Researchers said they are not sure if white wine can better your oral health the way red wine can. Actually, they think that white wine may cause tooth decay because of the high amount of sugar.
Do I have to Drink Red Wine?
No, there are other ways to add antioxidants to your diet that stop the development of this bad germ. In food, you can eat grapes, chocolate, and apples to get these chemicals. Additionally, there are smaller amounts of this chemical that stops tooth decay in over-the-counter whiteners and whitening toothpastes. But, the best way to whiten your teeth is in-office! Yes, for the best whitening results, come to Smiles of Memorial for a professional whitening treatment from Dr. Dernick and the team.
Other Nutrition Tips For Good Oral Health
Good oral health always begins with oral health habits. A better way, other than red wine, to stop tooth decay is to floss and brush! You should brush twice a day for two minutes each time and floss once per day. If you are drink coffee and teas all day, sip water in-between to limit the amount of sugar on your teeth. Eating foods from all food groups can make your overall and oral health better. Lastly, when you want a snack, eat food high in calcium and water such as raw vegetables, yogurt, cheese, and milk.
If you already drink red wine for a healthy heart, drinking it for good oral health may be another benefit. However, you do not need to drink red wine to get its benefits. You can receive these antioxidants to prevent tooth decay in other foods and whitening products. The best way to achieve good oral health is through brushing twice a day for two minutes each, flossing once a day, eating a balanced diet, and drinking water with sugary drinks or foods. For more information on good oral health or to plan your next visit, call Smiles of Memorial at (281)-493-0061, today!