Natural Health News – For anyone in search of a reason to enjoy a glass of red wine with dinner, here is a good one:. a new study has found that red wine as well as grape seed extract could potentially help prevent cavities
the Spanish researchers say their report, published in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry could lead to the development of natural products that protect against dental diseases with fewer side effects effects.
Dental diseases are extremely common throughout the world. Caries, periodontal disease and tooth loss affecting an estimated 60 to 90% of the world population.
The problems begin when certain bacteria in the mouth together and form biofilms, which are communities of bacteria that are difficult to kill. They form plaque and produce acid starting damaging teeth. Brushing, a good toothpaste, drinking water and other methods can help get rid of bacterial plaque, but the effects may be limited.
In addition, mouthwashes used can now change the color of the gums and alter the taste, so people are less likely to use them during the time it is due – and of course the antibacterial triclosan is found in many dental preparations is simply toxic and fluoride is being increasingly under similar scrutiny .
Some studies have suggested that polyphenols, grape seed extract and wine can decrease bacterial growth, so its team principal research team, M. Victoria Moreno-Arribas’ and decided to test them in first real conditions.
They grew cultures of bacteria responsible for dental disease as a biofilm.
The researchers then submerged biofilms for a couple of minutes in different liquids, including red wine, red wine without alcohol, red wine enriched with grape seed extract and water and 12% ethanol for comparison.
Red wine with or without alcohol and wine with grape seed extract was the most effective at removing bacteria.