You slowly bring the glass up to your nose, breathe in the rich, warming aroma, smile to yourself briefly, and take your first sip. Drinking a glass of delicious wine is more than a mere treat; it’s something of a ritual. Whether you enjoy pairing your wine with food or just like the odd tipple, the benefits of wine are plentiful and well-reported. But, should you need yet another excuse to love this drink, you may have just found it. According to new research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, sipping a glass of red after a long day at work could improve more than just your mood, it could improve your oral health, too.
The reason that this popular dinner drink may be so good for your oral health and general well-being is relatively straightforward. It is a modern-day superfood (or super-drink, if you will!). Wine—particularly the red variety—happens to be packed with what’s known as “structurally diverse polyphenols.” While that sounds a little too scientific, it’s merely another way to describe micronutrients and antioxidants; things that are great for your health in a variety of ways.
Researchers attempted to look at whether these polyphenols could help to protect oral health and improve hygiene. The trials showed that two isolated forms of antioxidants found in red wine helped to prevent bacteria from sticking to cells in the mouth, which points to potential benefits in overall oral hygiene. When the scientists compared their results to the effects of other polyphenol extracts, it showed that the chemicals or antioxidants in red wine were the most effective.
What it means
These results suggest that not only is this a deliciously moreish drink, but chemicals in red wine might be able to prevent bacteria build-up in your mouth. Of course, research into what these chemicals do to our bodies and the benefits they offer is still ongoing, and more studies needs to be done. But, until then, all indications suggest that you can feel good about pouring yourself a second glass of wine. Trust us, your dentist might just thank you later.