Can a glass of wine save you a dental dime?

Written by Dr Amrita Jain

Medically reviewed by  Dr. Vidhi Bhanushali Kabade BDS, TCC

Last updated May 2, 2024

Written by Dr Amrita Jain

Medically reviewed by  Dr. Vidhi Bhanushali Kabade BDS, TCC

Last updated May 2, 2024

This Christmas is the season of wine and shine. Did you know wine is actually good for your teeth. Red wine is known to contain polyphenols which actually prevent the plaque causing bacteria from adhering to the tooth surface. These polyphenols are nothing but anti-oxidants.

We know bacteria and plaque build-up is the root cause of any dental problem. But wine does aid in reducing the risk of cavities and gum infections. The results of Red wine with grape seed extracts can basically prevent the formation of plaque and also decrease the ability of bacteria from multiplying.

How does wine actually help your teeth?

There are two schools of thought. The first being the polyphenols prevent the formation of plaque by physically blocking the adherence of the bacteria to the tooth. Whereas some people believe the polyphenols prevent the formation of plaque by modifying the bad bacteria to be less sticky.

This reduction in plaque formation ultimately helps in preventing tooth decay and other periodontal infections.  If periodontal infections can be controlled it is believed wine can also help in preventing tooth loss. Yes, it might be unbelievable but true.

Which is a better – red or white wine for dental health?

Both red and white wine prevent the proliferation of the bacteria streptococcus. The polyphenols in the grape seeds inhibit the growth of the streptococcus mutans.  Wine might do wonders by fighting 3 out of 5 disease causing bacteria and act as a natural antibacterial drink. The resveratrol which is found in the skin of the grapes is a type of natural phenol and is known to reduce 60% of gingivitis.

For non-wine drinkers polyphenols are found on coffee, green tea, black tea, orange juice, lemon juice, cherries, kiwi, raspberries and blueberries. But on the contrary long term effects of wine can also cause stains and erosion of the teeth if consumed regularly.

What can go wrong with wine

The chromogens present in wine can cause stains.

Red or white wine if consumed regularly can break down your enamel and make the tooth more susceptible erosion and intimately lead to tooth decay.

But remember wine is not an excuse to switch your mouthwash with a glass of wine.

It is always best to consume wine in moderation as excessive drinking may have adverse effects too.

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Author Bio: Dr. Amrita Jain is a practicing dental surgeon since 4 years. She completed her B.D.S in 2016 and was has been a rank holder throughout her course. She suggests “Holistic dentistry is the best dentistry”. Her treatment line follows a conservative pattern which means saving a tooth is of utmost priority and preventing your teeth from getting decayed rather than curing it with a root canal treatment. She inculcates the same while consulting her patients. Apart from her interest in clinical practice, she has developed interest in research and writing over a period of time. She states “It is my clinical experience that motivates me to write and spread dental awareness”. Her articles are well researched with a combination of technical knowledge and clinical experience.

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