Drinking wine may protect teeth by destroying bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease, new research suggests.
Despite many dentists warning booze's acidic content can damage teeth, a study released today suggests antioxidants in wine significantly prevent bacteria that cause plaque, cavities and periodontal disease from sticking to gums.
When these bacteria enter the bloodstream, they can trigger a chain reaction that has been linked to heart disease and cancer.
The latest discovery could lead to the development of 'wine-inspired' toothpastes and mouthwashes that contain such antioxidants, according to the Spanish researchers.
Gum disease affects around three in every four adults in the UK, with symptoms including sore, bleeding gums during brushing.
(Source: Mail On Line)