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Can Red Wine Prevent Dental Cavities?

You may already know, the skin of red grapes contains antioxidants which can repair damage done to your body’s cells by free radicals. Consuming antioxidants can lower your chances of developing heart disease and cancer.  But, did you know wine also has cavity-fighting benefits?

For anyone searching for another reason to enjoy a glass of red wine, a new study claims that red wine could help prevent cavities. The study found that red wine, as well as grape seed extract, could potentially help prevent cavities.  Tooth cavities require dental fillings or if left untreated can create painful dental emergencies.

Previous research has suggested that polyphenols, grape seed extract and wine can slow bacterial growth, so Moreno-Arribas’ team decided to test them under realistic conditions for the first time. They grew cultures of bacteria responsible for dental diseases. Afterwards, they dipped the cultures for a couple of minutes in different liquids. Red wine with or without alcohol and wine with grape seed extract were the most effective at getting rid of the bacteria.

Although red wine has cavity fighting effects, it will stain your teeth. In-office teeth whitening treatment is recommended for frequent wine drinkers to keep their smile looking youthful and white.   Routine dental check-ups and cleanings are recommended every six months to keep your teeth free of cavities.

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About Dr. Peter Mann

Dr. Peter Mann NYC

After working with some of the top world renowned dentists throughout New York City; in 2009 Dr. Mann decided it was time to achieve his vision by opening the Smile Arts of NY in the heart of Manhattan on E. 40th between Madison and Park ave.

Originally born in Ukraine, when communism collapsed his family took the opportunity to pursue the American dream and moved to New York. Dr. Peter Mann has lived in New York ever since, for over 22 years. His goal is to provide excellent dental experience for his fellow New Yorkers.

Dr. Mann lives minutes from the office. Patients undergoing treatment have his cell phone number and can always get in touch with any questions or concerns. It’s not unusual to see Dr. Mann arriving after hours to help a patient with an emergency.