Beer is one of the oldest drinks known to man and has been around as far back as the neolithic era. In the medieval era, people would drink beer over water because of the pollution in the water and sanitary issues. Beer is not normally thought of as a healthy drink and can actually be harmful to your body if it is excessively drunk, but what if beer was actually healthy for your teeth? Well, a new study suggests that lighter beers contain dietary silicon that is beneficial for maintaining oral health.
There are so many beers and choices that it can be overwhelming to choose which one is best for your taste buds. Beer can be divided into two categories, light and dark beer. Darker beer such as porters and stouts, are made with coffee and have rich flavors of vanilla, peanut butter, or other various flavors. These types of beer, however, are not very good for your teeth because they run the risk of staining your teeth and their high sugar content poses risk for cavities or tooth decay, among other oral complications. Lighter beers such as pilsners and IPA’s contain tannins, that serve as an antioxidant and antibacterial. It contains calcium and silicon that helps in strengthening teeth, bone, hair, and nails.
What Makes Beer Healthy?
Dietary silicon is crucial in maintaining mineralized tissues such as bones, dentin, and enamel that is comprised of 96% minerals. In the form of orthosilicic acid, silicon is absorbed into the body and encourages new bone growth. Beer waste is even used to create bone grafting materials. consuming beer in moderation can prevent osteoporosis and help the body heal from bone loss caused by gum disease. In addition, it will also aid in helping dental implant patients heal their implants into the living tissue of their jaw. Through osseointegration, dental implant patients are able to heal the titanium implants into their oral anatomy to promote oral strength and health.
The Amazing Hops
Beer contains antibacterial properties, but hops give lighter beer an extra kick in preventing bacterial infections. Hops were originally added to beers such as IPA’s and India Pale Ales so that they could be preserved on long voyages overseas. In a research conducted in 2008, it was found that hop polyphenols prevented the formation of dental plaque. This is especially helpful for dental implant users who rely on maintaining oral hygiene for the success of their treatment. Plaque buildup around the gums is dental implant users worst nightmare when it comes to preserving their dental implants. Plaque buildup can lead to a number of oral complication, but in dental implant patients, it can cause an inflammatory disease called peri-implantitis. This disease will deplete the jawbone and loosen the anchor of the dental implants. This will follow in an immediate loss of oral function and the eventual loosening of your dental implants.
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It is important to remember that beer is not a cure-all solution. It is important to still maintain oral hygiene by brushing and flossing to ensure the best oral hygiene results. If you have any further questions regarding dental implants, then please contact us to schedule your FREE, no-obligation consultation today. We look forward to hearing from you soon.