Rejoice, lovers of a noble drink!
A new study found that the components of red wine protect against chronic gum disease - gingivitis and periodontitis.
Many of us enjoy sipping a glass of red wine over dinner..
The problem is that a noble drink leaves unsympathetic stains on tooth enamel - therefore, red wine is not very popular for romantic dates and business lunches.
Intuitively, for a dental clinic it's probably a Klondike!
However, here your intuition is wrong. And that's why.
A recent study suggests that the polyphenols in red wine are extremely beneficial for oral health. Details reported by Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
According to Dr. Victoria Moreno-Arribas from Instituto de Investigación en Ciencias de la Alimentación (Madrid, Spain), polyphenols suppress the inflammatory process in the oral cavity, protecting our teeth from loosening and premature loss.
Recall that gingivitis is a common periodontal disease in which uncontrolled reproduction of pathogenic bacteria causes a chronic inflammatory process. If untreated gingivitis, changes in the surrounding tissue result in tooth loss.
Gingivitis may be a precursor to periodontitis - inflammation of the root tissues of the tooth.
For a true connoisseur, a glass of merlot or cabernet makes even modest food rich and refined. Sometimes a carafe of wine and a couple of culinary highlights make an everyday table a dinner party.
Some doctors claim that moderate consumption of wine is exceptionally good for health. We have already written that regular consumption of red wines helps preserve thinking and memory, improves the functioning of the endocrine system in middle age, and prevents heart disease.
With so many pluses, today's news is unlikely to seem incredible to you.!
Dr. Moreno-Arribas and her colleagues consider polyphenols, a group of organic compounds with pronounced antioxidant properties, to be the secret of the healing power of red wine. Counteracting oxidative stress, polyphenols protect cells from free radicals and delay the natural process of cellular aging.
But these substances are endowed with the most real secret weapons - they affect the microflora that inhabit the intestines. Some polyphenols can interact with the intestinal microbiota and help fight off the "bad guys" that threaten our health..
Based on this, Dr. Moreno-Arribas and her colleagues suggested that polyphenols play a role in the oral cavity, killing the causative agents of gingivitis and periodontitis.
For the first time in history, scientists tested the effects of red wine polyphenols - caffeic and p-coumaric acid, as well as extracts of grapes and grape seed (Provinols and Vitaflavan) on pathogenic bacteria from the oral cavity. Fusobacterium nucleatum, Porphyromonas gingivalis, and Streptococcus mutans were selected as “experimental” microbes..
Experimenting with a laboratory model of tissue, they found: caffeic and p-coumaric acid are most effective against pathogenic bacteria.
These polyphenols inhibit the growth of microbes and interfere with their attachment to a healthy gingival epithelium..
Further experiments showed that the addition of p-coumarinic and caffeic acid to the oral probiotic Streptococcus dentisani (beneficial bacteria) enhances the protective effect of the latter.
This combination can be effective in the treatment and prevention of gingivitis..
So go ahead - pour a glass of red wine tonight, relax and protect your teeth!