With a rich and complex history, beer has long been one of the most popular drinks in the world. In fact, it comes as a close third place behind tea and water, and surprisingly ahead of coffee. In the medieval times, beer was consumed instead of water because of the unsanitary quality of water. It has only been the last couple of hundred years that beer has become more of a drink of leisure. Continue reading to learn more about what makes beer such a great beverage and what health benefits it can provide.
Today beer is made in many flavors and by literally thousands of companies. Beers can generally be categorized as dark or light. Darker beers like stouts and porters have a coffee flavor with hints of peanut butter or vanilla. Such beers are typically higher in alcohol content but not so good for your teeth. Lighter beers like pilsner’s or IPA’s have a lower alcohol content and a higher amount of one surprising ingredient that is better for your oral health. This amazing ingredient is hops and it has long been added to beers as a preservation agent.
Many beer connoisseurs know about the healthy ingredients of this light libation. However, beer also contains antibacterial properties from the properties afforded by hops that have been proven to help reduce dental plaque. When certain bacteria multiply in the mouth they can increase inflammation and infection. Beer can help fight these bacteria and thus decrease plaque levels. This can be particularly helpful for patients who are prone to gum disease or dental implant patients who need to ensure their teeth remain plaque free because of the danger of peri-implantitis. This inflammatory disease starts in the gums and can quickly spread to the jawbone, causing swelling, pain, infection, and ultimate failure of dental implants.
It is important to note the overconsumption of any kind of alcohol is dangerous, even beer. In order to reap the full benefits the hops create, drinkers should stick to two or three beers.
Lighter beers are better for your teeth because they contain ingredients that are great for maintaining tooth enamel. Additionally, when beer is consumed in moderation, it can prevent osteoporosis and help the body heal from bone loss caused by gum disease. It can also help the body better attach dental implants into the jaw tissues.
Here at our dental practice, we want all of our patients to know how important oral health is. If you have questions about the treatments we offer or general questions about oral hygiene, please feel free to peruse our website or give us a call for more information. You can also call our Williams Lake, BC, office for a consultation with Dr. Wassenaar. Give us a call now to get started on your journey to a healthy and happy smile.