The benefits of wine on oral health

April 7, 2018

If we talk about wine, we immediately relate it to cultural celebrations, social relations and gastronomy. However, when we talk about the benefits of wine on our health, we not only relate it to a cardiovascular level, but also to oral health. A recent study indicates that a substance in this drink can improve our oral health.

Los beneficios del vino en la salud bucodental

The benefit of wine: polyphenols

The antioxidant property of polyphenols improves and prevents some diseases in the long term. Specialists recommend that we drink a glass of wine a day to improve our heart health. But its benefits include oral health, which is affected by this substance and prevents diseases that worsen oral health.

Among the properties of polyphenols, we find:

  • Red wine helps prevent diabetes, cancer and neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases.
  • It increases the rate of beneficial bacteria in the intestine, which helps us to control our body weight.
  • It inhibits pathogenic bacteria, preventing them from adhering to cells. Therefore, it reduces the capacity of proliferation of bacteria such as caries.
  • They limit the inflammation caused by the presence of bacterial infections, which cause gingivitis.
  • Their antioxidant property is related to the protection of the body, increasing our immune capacity.

Thus, by consuming polyphenols, some diseases can be prevented. For example, diabetes increases the possibility of the proliferation of bacteria such as caries or periodontitis, as the level of glucose in the blood and in the saliva varies.

Therefore, the importance of polyphenols in red wine should be stressed. In contrast, in the case of white wines, researchers doubt their benefits in this respect, as their acid content could wear down the tooth enamel.

In addition, you should take into account…

It is not just a drink to see, smell or taste. It can also help you to have good oral health. However, you should not forget that it is a drink with alcohol. So it should always be consumed in moderation.

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