Red Wine May Be Able to Prevent Cavities?

A study has found that red wine's antimicrobial properties may lead to prevention of cavities.A recent study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry has found that red wine may possess the ability to fend off dental cavities. A glass a day keeps the decay away? Well, let’s find out…
Summarizing the Study in Layman Terms
If you clicked on the link above, you would’ve been directed to the findings which are described in a manner that would not make sense to the average reader.
So here’s what happened. Researchers wanted to see the effects of red wine, red wine without alcohol, red wine spiked with grape seed extract, and water with 12% ethanol on 5 different forms of bacteria cultures that are known to cause decay in our mouths. They were looking for alternatives that could be applied to the teeth and decrease bacteria.
The researchers laid the four solutions out and proceeded to dip the bacteria cultures into each solution – monitoring each of their effects on the prevention of dental caries, or cavities.
They found that the red wine, red wine without alcohol, and red wine with grape seed extract all showed effectiveness in getting rid of the bacteria. The water with 12% ethanol was the only solution that did not make the cut – which also happens to be the only solution that did not contain red wine. Hence why the researchers concluded that yes, red wine does in fact help reduce or rid of bacteria.
Positive and Negative Benefits of Red Wine
Red wine offers many benefits including cavity prevention.Now, you may be thinking “Awesome, let me go open a bottle of red wine and start drinking to this news!” Unfortunately, while red wine’s antimicrobial effects have shown a considerable effect on preventing cavities – this doesn’t mean you should rejoice too much.
Why? Because red wine can stain your teeth – in fact, it’s one of the worst culprits of stained teeth next to coffee. And because it’s alcoholic – you aren’t doing your body any good when consuming too much red wine.
The main take away from this study is that it paves the way in finding more cavity fighting alternatives. Hopefully in the future we will see oral care products that feature red wine’s antimicrobial properties without its tendency to stain.
For now, what you should be doing are brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day (recommended to use ADA-Accepted fluoride toothpaste), limiting snacks, and making it a habit to visit your dentist twice a year – as recommended by the ADA.