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2 Surprising New Ways To Fight Gum Disease [BLOG]

  • March 9, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, a study published by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry gave us some interesting news about dental health.

It takes a closer look at a delicious connection between a certain beverage and its impact on your body’s ability to prevent gum disease.

Since our team at the LANAP & Implant Center always want to stay on top of the latest research about periodontal health, we had to take a moment and check it out!

Study or no study, we’re always here to help you keep your smile healthy. That means being able to provide wide-ranging services that all serve to optimize your oral and overall health.

Dr. DiGiallorenzo and our team can confront your dental problems head on with our holistic, integrated care so your body and your mouth are safe from threats like tooth decay and gum disease.

2 Surprising Ways To Fight Gum Disease

Back to the study we mentioned, here are the two standout, and surprising, allies to your teeth and gums!

*Red Wine*

No, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard that red wine is good for you. It’s pretty widely-known that in moderation, red wine has certain benefits to your heart health.

It’s even been shown to help improve your cholesterol, boost your immunity, and preserve cognitive function.

But this particular study found more. They discovered polyphenols, compounds found in red wine, actually have the power to fight off bad bacteria in your mouth to prevent plaque and tartar buildup!

Compared to grape seed and red wine extracts, the polyphenols in red wine (the same, in fact, that are also found in cranberry juice and coffee) did more to fend off harmful bacteria and made it harder for the bacteria to stick to your healthy gum tissue.

*Oral Probiotics*

The findings don’t stop there!

Researchers went a step further and combined red wine polyphenols and oral probiotics, and the results were even more impressive.

It turned out that by joining these two forces, the bacteria-fighting ability was only strengthened.

What does all this mean?

It means that even though it’s rather premature to give red wine and probiotics too much credit,  the winning combination against tooth decay and gum disease it proved to be in this study begs further exploration.

And… it means that maybe you can let go of some of the guilt when you pour yourself a glass of red wine tonight at dinner!

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We’re always excited to share the latest information about how to keep your mouth healthy. You should have all the tools available to you so you can make the best decisions for your wellbeing.

Today’s blog is just another way we’re offering our support. And there’s so much more where that came from!

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