Did you have a lovely Valentine’s Day? Whether you had a loved one to celebrate with or not, there is a pretty good chance you celebrated this lovey-dovey day with a glass of wine. After all, it is the perfect elixir for a loving celebration or a pity party. But did you know that there was an entire day given to doing just this very thing? It’s true – today is National Drink Wine Day. So, let’s pop a cork on a nice bottle and have a bit of cheese while we are at it. Not only are they delicious together, but they are both good for your grin. Not convinced? Keep reading…
You may not immediately think of wine when you are looking for ways to enhance your smile. In fact, wine would be one of the last things you think of due to the staining red wine causes, but research published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry has shown that red wine and wine with grape seed extract can prevent cavities. Why? Because it slows the growth of bacteria, which is how we develop cavities, gum disease and tooth loss. Because of the chance of stains, make sure to keep up your dental hygiene routines afterwards.
When it comes to cheese, the benefits to our teeth are plentiful. Not only is it made with calcium, which is ideal to strengthen your teeth, but keeps cavities away at the same time. When we eat, we lower the pH levels in our mouths, becoming more acidic. Cheese helps to maintain a safe acidic level. Is one cheese better than the other? The best options are aged Cheddar, Swiss, Bleu, Monterey Jack, Brie, Gouda, and processed American cheese.
To learn more about wine, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at www.chrisjohnsdds.com.
Dr. Chris Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae and all surrounding areas.