Drinking Wine Could Keep Your Teeth Healthy & Prevent Gum Disease

Drinking Wine Could Keep Your Teeth Healthy & Prevent Gum Disease

By Melissa Matthews

Red wine is often lauded for an array of health benefits, including lowering heart disease risk and increasing longevity. A new study adds to that list with evidence that it may help prevent gum disease.

Before diving into the latest research, here’s a little background on why many believe wine is good for our health. Natural compounds known as polyphenols have been shown to be a good source of antioxidants. Polyphenols are found in many types of foods, including cherries, berries and grapes—and therefore, wine. Red wine, in particular, is abundant in polyphenols, which is why people often choose these varieties for health purposes.

There's a wealth of research analyzing polyphenols’ impact on heart health and disease prevention. Recent studies suggest these compounds could impact gut bacteria and offer a prebiotic effect, helping your gut produce healthy bacteria. The authors of this particular study wanted to delve further into polyphenols’ effects on bacteria, but inside of the mouth.

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