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Tooth Decay and Gum Disease: beneficial

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December 2, 2009

Source: Daily Mail

Red wine could be beneficial to your teeth as well as general health, US scientists have claimed. They have found it contains chemicals that could ward off decay by stopping harmful bacteria from sticking to teeth.

The findings, due to be published in the journal Food Chemistry, suggest a daily glass of red could help to keep teeth healthy and reduce the need for fillings.

January 4, 2008

Source: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Compounds found in fermented grape seeds and skins could help prevent tooth decay, according to medical experts in the US.

Specific polyphenols found in wine’s waste products interfere with the ability of bacteria to create cavities, and may have wider applications in the fight against life-threatening bacterial infections, according to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

March 13, 2006

Source: The Daily Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/3337282/Red-wine-may-help-you-stay-long-in-the-tooth.html

Yet more good news for those who like a glass or two of red wine: researchers claim that it is good for your dental health.

Compounds known as polyphenols, which are found in red wine and are said to reduce cholesterol, are now also said to stave off gum disease.

Scientists from Université Laval in Quebec, Canada, found that polyphenols help to reduce the inflammation that arises from periodontitis, a condition that affects 65 per cent of adults over 50. It can attack gums and bone around teeth and cause tooth loss.

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