Wine Lovers Rejoice! Wine May Be Good For Teeth

The summer season is in full swing and many of us are taking advantage of the weather. Whether you’re taking a day trip for a Niagara wine tour or enjoying a drink on one of Yorkville’s patios, we have some good news. This summer, you may be able to enjoy your wine guilt-free.

A recent study suggests wine may help to combat gum disease and cavities. The potential benefits of red wine have often been cited for cardiovascular and colon health. But as far as oral health is concerned, wine has more of a reputation for staining teeth.

How Can Wine Improve Oral Health

Wine contains organic chemical compounds called polyphenols. The polyphenols in wine display positive benefits in preventing bacterial buildup and in promoting good bacteria. Red wine is especially rich in these compounds.

Bacterial buildup on teeth and gums is responsible for plaque, cavities, and gum disease. The polyphenols in wine contain two acids that help to prevent bacteria:

  • Caffeic Acid
  • P-Coumaric Acid

These acids are anti-adhesives. As such, they stop bacteria from being able to stick to the teeth and gums.

Additionally, wine contains the probiotic Streptococcus Dentisani. This probiotic helps to stimulate good mouth bacteria. These good bacteria help to improve overall oral health.

The effects of these acids and probiotics have even greater effect in preventing gum disease. It’s no replacement for brushing or regular dental cleanings, but it’s a welcome excuse for a little more wine.

Importance of Moderation

While the study has promising results, scientists still warn about the importance of moderation. In moderate doses, we can see the benefits of the polyphenols in red wines, but overconsumption can lead to other problems:

  • Stained Teeth
  • Enamel Erosion
  • Disease

Stained Teeth

Wine-stained teeth are nothing new to dentists. Red wine, in particular, is a common source of stains. Fortunately, there are a number of effective tooth whitening treatments. Still, excessive wine drinking will result in needing these treatments more often to maintain a bright, white smile.

Enamel Erosion

Wine is an acidic beverage. Too much of this acid will contribute to the erosion of tooth enamel. If erosion progresses dental crowns or veneers may be needed to restore the appearance and/or health of your teeth.


Alcohol consumption can significantly impact your risk of disease. Heart health, cancer risks, and anemia are just a few of the risks associated with heavy alcohol consumption. The danger dangers outweigh the benefits if consumed in excess.

To get the most benefit out of wine, moderation is best. As well, choosing a low or no alcohol content wine gives you all the benefits while reducing the alcohol-related complications.

So long as you follow smart drinking and safe oral hygiene habits you can reap the benefits of wine. While wine, particularly red wine, is rich in polyphenols, it’s available in a number of other foods and drinks.

Other Sources of Polyphenols

  • Coffee
  • Cider
  • Tea (Green & Black)
  • Kiwis
  • Cherries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Black Grapes

The Best Defence Against Gum Disease

Of course, the best defence against gum disease is still your dentist. From regular cleanings to emergency dental and cosmetic dentistry work, your dental professional puts your oral health first. Book an appointment at our Yorkville dentists office today!

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