Cavities and tooth decay, despite being preventable, continue to be a perennial problem that plague many children and adults. Often, these result in teeth discoloration, fractures, degradation and, eventually, loss of a tooth or more. A researcher seeks to offer a new solution to this problem, as tackled in an article featured in The Economist:
WITHOUT regular brushing and flossing, teeth accumulate bacterial films that secrete acid and cause cavities (see article). But sometimes even these good habits are insufficient to shift such films, and a chemical called chlorhexidine has to be deployed as well, in the form of a mouthwash. Chlorhexidine, however, stains teeth and affects people’s sense of taste, so an alternative would be welcome. And Victoria Moreno-Arribas of the Institute of Food Science Research in Madrid believes she may have one: a derivative of red wine.
It is interesting that wines contain properties which can deter the development of cavities and even help in killing certain types of oral bacteria that cause tooth decay. However, people cannot expect that a nightly glass of Merlot or Pinot Noir can replace regular tooth brushing and other traditional habits that lead to healthy mouths. People shouldn’t also drink wine as an alternative medication when they feel the adverse effects of dental problems, as this may worsen conditions.
Needless to say, it is obviously not advisable for kids and those under the legal age to consume an alcoholic drink like wine, regardless of the medical benefit it brings. Instead, people concerned with their personal oral safety, and that of their family, should consult with an experienced Kirkland dentist for professional advice.
Family dentists in Kirkland, such as Louis K. Cheung DDS, can offer age-appropriate dental solutions that are tailored to the specific needs of every family member. They can advise their patients on a better kind of toothbrush to use, or offer a medicated brand of toothpaste, or even suggest that a member of the family or two to undergo specific dental procedures.
While research helps a lot in bringing innovation to the way people live and cope with health matters, like dental health difficulties, it is still better to seek professional help first before trying out any experimental treatments. After all, wines and spirits are better enjoyed in the dining table along with delicious food, rather than being gargled on a bathroom sink right before people floss their teeth.
(Source: Wine gum, The Economist, May 31, 2014)