The right diet can be helpful in reaching virtually any health goal. But did you know certain foods could also enhance dental health?
One of the more powerful foods for improving the health of your teeth and gums are grapes. While many people know grapes as a “superfood,” few realize how good it is for your teeth.
A Grape a Day Keeps the Dentist Away?
Recent research has uncovered new information about the power of grapes. While eating them is certainly good for you, it’s actually grape seed extract that may have the widest range of benefits for your teeth.
According to a study from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, grape seed oil – produced in large quantities by the winemaking industry and available from many health food stores – has some remarkable traits.
Grape Seed Oil May Increase the Longevity of Composite Resin Fillings
Composite resin fillings are popular because they easily blend in with the natural coloration of teeth. Unfortunately, they don’t last as long as the silver amalgam fillings that they have gradually replaced – old-fashioned fillings that quickly darkens after placement. Today’s composite resin fillings typically last 5-7 years. Through the use of grape seed extract, however, they might endure far longer.
According to researchers, grape seed oil strengthens dentin, the part of the tooth that lies beneath the exterior enamel. This is the part of the tooth that must form a strong structural bond to any filling used within the tooth.
When fillings fail, decay forms around the filling material and the tight seal it originally offered is lost. Through judicious use of grape seed oil, it may be possible to strengthen the bonds, extending the life of popular filling material by five years or more.
Grape Seed Oil May Help People Fend Off Tooth Decay More Easily
Despite its toughness, tooth enamel itself is very porous. The health of a tooth’s interior dentin is a major factor in warding off decay. Likewise, even when decay does take root, there will be less damage and a slower progression in teeth with healthy dentin.
Grape Seed Oil Can Be Good for Periodontal Health
In 2016, researchers discovered grapes could bolster periodontal health. Biofilm that causes tooth decay is very complex and highly resistant to ordinary anti-bacterial agents. With the right concentration of grape seed oil, a powerful antioxidant reaction occurs that may hinder the infection process – thus protecting gum tissue and nearby bone.
Fresh Grapes Can Help Whiten Teeth
Turns out whole grapes also have potent benefits for the teeth. They contain malic acid, which can naturally break down discolorations and stains on the outer enamel.
Grapes are most powerful as a natural whitening agent when they are just ripe: as the grape matures, the amount of malic acid present in it declines.
Next time you are looking for a way to boost oral health between brushings, consider grapes!