It has emerged that a compound found in red wine could help combat gum disease and tooth decay. Polyphenols, previously linked to good health, due to their antioxidant properties, were the focus of the research. The study concluded that the polyphenols did help to keep harmful bacteria at bay. The same bacteria that cause gum infections and tooth decay.
It is thought that red wine has many health benefits, with this being the latest claim to be made. However, experts fear that this may encourage people to drink more. Not only can too much alcohol be harmful to health but it can also be harmful to the teeth. The acidity of wine can cause enamel damage. Professor Damien Walmsley, scientific adviser to the BDA, spoke to the BBC. “The acidic nature of wine means that consuming a lot of these drinks will damage the enamel of the teeth. Therefore, until the benefits of this research are shown clinically, it is best to consume wine in moderation and with a meal to minimise the risk of tooth erosion.” Abiding by the recommended guidelines is key here for overall health.