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Want a Better Smile? Drink Red Wine

If you love a glass of red wine with dinner, I have good news.

Red wine is not only healthy for your heart, weight, brain, and blood sugar…1 It may also be good for your teeth and gums.

Researchers found the antioxidants in red wine affect the bacteria in your mouth to ward off cavities, gingivitis, and more.

Your mouth is home to more than 700 species of bacteria. Some are good and some are bad. Poor oral hygiene habits—like forgetting to floss and brush—can lead to an overgrowth of bad bacteria. That leaves you susceptible to cavities, periodontal disease, plaque, and gingivitis. (Not to mention a hefty dental bill.)

A study out of Spain shows red wine contains two antioxidants, caffeic and p-coumaric acids, which fend off the bad bacteria. That means these antioxidants may be more powerful than we originally thought. They don’t just fight free radicals—they also fight bacteria.

There’s conflicting research on just how much red wine to drink per day. Some studies recommend up to three glasses. Others say just one glass. I recommend between one and two glasses a few days a week.2

So the next time your dentist asks if you’ve been flossing, you can tell him you’re doing that and taking it a step further: you’re drinking red wine!

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