Wine is Good for Your Dental Health

Dr. Parvin Carter

Cheers! That glass of red wine you pour each day to enhance your heart health or overall health may also be helping to keep your mouth healthy by inhibiting tooth decay and gum disease.

Wine could  prevent cavities

For anyone searching for another reason to enjoy a glass of red wine with dinner, here’s a good one: A new study has found that red wine, as well as grape seed extract, could potentially help prevent cavities. They say that their report, which appears in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, could lead to the development of natural products that ward off dental diseases with fewer side effects.

60 to 90 percent of the global population suffer from gum disease 

M. Victoria Moreno-Arribas and colleagues explain that dental diseases are extremely common throughout the world. Cavities, periodontal disease and tooth loss affect an estimated 60 to 90 percent of the global population. The problems start when certain bacteria in the mouth get together and form biofilms, which are communities of bacteria that are difficult to kill. They form plaque and produce acid, which starts damaging teeth. Brushing, fluoride in toothpaste and water and other methods can help get rid of bacterial plaques, but the effects are limited.

Antimicrobial agents reduce taste perception

Antimicrobial agents can be prescribed to control plaque and reduce oral biofilms, but side effects are associated with some of these, including reduced taste perception and discoloration of the gums. Also, it is possible that the use of these antimicrobials is contributing to drug resistance in the bacteria.

Some research has suggested that polyphenols, grape seed extract and wine can slow bacterial growth, so Moreno-Arribas’ team decided to test them under realistic conditions for the first time.

Wine and human health

Wine contains a number of biologically active compounds with beneficial effects on human health. The antibacterial action of commercial red and white wines against oral bacteria responsible for caries development and sore throat was studied.. Both wines displayed activity. The compounds responsible for such activities were succinic, malic, lactic, tartaric, citric, and acetic acid. The synthetic mixtures of the organic acids tested at the concentrations found in wine had greater antibacterial activity than the beverages.

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In dentistry experience and Continuing Education are everything. Dr. Parvin Carter has over 30 years of experience in Practicing General Dentistry and 25 years in Orthodontics. She has thousands of hours of advanced training. In 2000, Academy of General Dentistry awarded Dr. Carter a Certificate of Mastership (MAGD) in General Dentistry. According to the Journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, only 1% of US dentists achieve this high level of advancement. Dr. Carter is a Certified and Preferred Provider of Invisalign. She has successfully treated over 450 patients with Invisalign.

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Chocolate to Replace Fluoride?

“Chocolate Toothpaste? Extract of Tasty Treat Could Fight Tooth Decay.”

That’s how Tulane University’s news office provocatively titled a press release in 2007 .

Doesn’t it sound sweet?  The extract, Theobromine, is a constituent of a number of plants, including the beans used to make chocolate. A chemical cousin to caffeine, just like caffeine Theobromine is also a stimulant.


Previous to Tulane University announcement,  BBC News had reported:

A study carried out by researchers at Osaka University in Japan found that parts of the cocoa bean, the main ingredient of chocolate,prevents mouth bacteria and tooth decay.

Speaking to New Scientist magazine, Takashi Ooshima, from Osaka University, said their findings could lead to new treatments for tooth decay.

“It may be possible to use cocoa bean husk extract in a mouthwash, or supplement it to a toothpaste.”

They discovered that the cocoa bean husk – the outer part of the bean which usually goes to waste in chocolate production – has an anti-bacterial effect on the mouth and can fight effectively against plaque and other damaging agents.

Theobromine for Teeth
After a chain of events initiated by Hurricane Katrina,one of the graduate students of Tulane University, Arman Sadegh pour decided to reconnect with his high school mentor, Tetsuo Nakamoto,DDS, PhD. Sadeghpour, after this visit,  shifted his graduate research to continue the work done by Nakamoto.

Nakamoto had found that while caffeine adversely affects teeth, its fellow
methylated xanthine, Theobromine, strengthened tooth enamel.
Sadeghpour decided to expand Nakamoto’s studies. He worked on the effects of Theobromine on human teeth, and  compared Theobromine anti-cavity proprieties with fluoride.

Arman Sadeghpour successfully completed his doctoral thesis on this project.

 

Recetly, Nov 26, 2013, he presented his work in American Dental Association (ADA) Annual Session. He said that his research showed that :

“Theobromine protected teeth from decay better than fluoride.The amount of Theobromine in a one ounce dark chocolate bar has a better effect on tooth hardness than a 1.1% prescription sodium fluoride treatment,” said Sadeghpour.

“While fluoride is an effective enamel strengthener, the federal government issued a mandate to reduce the amount of fluoride in drinking water by 30%. This was due to reports of overexposure in children. Also, as previously mentioned, since high doses can irritate the gastrointestinal tract, some refuse fluoride treatments at the dentist’s office. Conversely, Theobromine was found to be readily absorbed by the gut, metabolized and cleared cleanly by humans”. “Dentists are excited to have an alternative to fluoride” said Sadeghpour.

There are also some research which support the idea that The fluoride exposure in drinking water could affect children Intelligence.

Arman Sadeghpour, PhD, is now President and Chief Executive Officer of Theodent, the company who is producing and distributing Theodent Chocolate Tooth Pate.

Although Theodent is expensive,however, Proctor Gamble, the makers of Crest toothpaste, felt threatened enough to produce a chocolate tasting toothpaste. CNBC recently  did a survey called  “Chocolate-flavored toothpaste put to the test“. You could see people’s view on this here.

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In dentistry experience and Continuing Education are everything. Dr. Parvin Carter has over 30 years of experience in Practicing General Dentistry and 25 years in Orthodontics. She has thousands of hours of advanced training. In 2000, Academy of General Dentistry awarded Dr. Carter a Certificate of Mastership (MAGD) in General Dentistry. According to the Journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, only 1% of US dentists achieve this high level of advancement. Dr. Carter is a Certified and Preferred Provider of Invisalign. She has successfully treated over 400 patients with Invisalign.For more information please see www.drparvincarter.com

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