Every day there is another “ study” or “ news story” that “ offers” up some apparently sage advice. From stories touting the benefits of drinking red wine to help prevent cavities to stories about “oil pulling.” By now you probably know where I’m going with this, a news story is just that, a story, until it is presented with fact. Below are some facts and fictions of dental health according to the American Dental Association.
Last year a story came out that stated drinking red wine helps prevent cavities. The origin of the “ red wine is healthy for you in small quantities” story is well established. However, to infer that means it will help prevent cavities may be over reaching. What researchers did find was that red wine was effective in limiting the growth of F. nucleatum and S. oralis—two bacteria that are closely associated with gum disease.
Another story came out about “ oil pulling” and its benefits for oral health. Oil pulling is an ancient remedy practiced typically in India and Southern Asia. It involves taking a tablespoon of edible oil (sunflower, coconut, etc.) and swishing it (pulling it) for 5 to 20 minutes. Currently there are no scientific studies available to substantiate these claims. Probably best to use mouthwash for the time being. Ask your dentist what they would recommend for your unique health condition.
One thing that has been scientifically documented and proven is regular dental care as a great way to prevent long-term, irreversible damage to your teeth or soft tissue (gums) and to aid in the diagnosis of your overall health. So, brush and floss twice a day, and get in to to see a dentist twice a year, more if you’re having problems or have questions. Remember, second opinions at my office are always free.
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