Is Beer Actually Good For Your Teeth?

beer image 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.

Beer Today

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.

Do Hops Actually Prevent Plaque?

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.

How Much Beer Is Healthy?

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.

What Kinds Of Beer Are Healthy?

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.

Additional Health Benefits Of Beer

  • Heart: Italian researchers discovered that moderate beer consumption created a 42 percent lower risk of heart disease compared to non-drinkers. Just be sure to keep consumption to one pint a day.
  • Brain: Researchers studied 40 men watching a movie while completing verbal puzzles. The men who watched movies while drinking beer solved the problems a few seconds faster than their sober counterparts.
  • Blood: Dutch researchers found that when men began drinking beer moderately (a beer or two a night) over 4 years, they were significantly less likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
  • Kidneys: Researchers in Finland found that consuming a beer daily lowers his risk of developing kidney stones by 40 percent. Additionally, the researchers say the hops in beer may be responsible for the correlation, helping to slow the release of calcium from bone—which could get reabsorbed by the kidneys as painful stones.
  • Eyes: Canadian researchers found that one daily beer increases antioxidant activity that can stop cataracts from forming in the eyes. However, more than three beers a day had the opposite effect.
  • Blood Pressure: According to research, beer can lower your risk for hypertension. In fact, studies have found that moderate beer drinkers are less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who sip wine or cocktails.

Come To Williams Lake Smiles Today For All Your Dental Needs

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.

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Our team at Williams Lake Smiles is excited to have the opportunity to welcome you back soon! Dr. Wassenaar, Dr. Dahia and the whole Williams Lake Smiles team appreciate your continued support and understanding as we continue to move through this difficult time

We are gradually reopening in the safest way to ensure that we take all precautions to keep both our patients and our staff healthy.

At this time, we are focusing on addressing emergency needs for our patients. Full dental services, including hygiene care, will be introduced gradually with priority booking to the patients that were delayed treatment during our time of closure. We will be contacting our patients to reschedule these procedures in the coming weeks.

Our office has always utilized personal protective equipment (PPE) that has exceeded all the recommended guidelines. We consciously designed our office with well-spaced, separate treatment rooms that allow minimization of aerosol transfer throughout the office. We have also added a brand new HEPA air management system to allow continuous air filtration in all treatment rooms and common areas to remove germs from circulating air. This puts us in a good position moving forward. However, in consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we have instituted additional guidelines and protocols to ensure your safety and that of our team.

Upon returning to Williams Lake Smiles you will notice our new enhanced precautions:

-When you are scheduling an appointment, our staff will ask you a set of health-related questions.

-You will be contacted 48-72 hours prior to your appointment via email and asked a set of pre-appointment instructions and health-related questions. It is required that you complete this questionnaire prior to your appointment. We will have to reschedule your appointment if we are unable to complete this step. Please also give our administrative staff all the necessary personal contact information to expedite our communications with you and your family.

-We have implemented new protocol for scheduling your appointments and managing your insurance and financial transactions virtually to allow for a contactless exit from your appointment.

-There will be new arrival procedures to guide you from your car directly to treatment rooms to eliminate contacting surfaces and other patients.

-You will be asked the above screening questions again on your arrival to your appointment.

-Your temperature will be taken on arrival. Again, we will have to reschedule your appointment if your temperature is elevated.

-You will be asked to put on the provided shoe covers and disinfect your hands upon arrival.

-All non-essential companions will be asked to remain outside of the clinic during the appointment. This includes friends, spouses, drivers, parents, and other children.

-We will maintain social distancing in the reception area for essential caregivers and parents of minors if they absolutely cannot wait in a vehicle or outside the clinic.

-We have removed magazines and other items that can harbor or transfer germs of any kind

-Glass barriers have been added in our reception area

-We have enhanced clinic disinfection procedures before and after all appointments.

-You will see new personal protection equipment like visors, gowns, and different masks for our doctors and team to provide barriers against the smallest of germs.

-We have protocols to reduce or eliminate airborne aerosols during all dental procedures.

-We have enhanced continuous disinfection procedures of equipment and office fixtures like computers, keyboards, telephones, tablets, chairs, doorknobs, and buttons that may be touched unconsciously.

-We will be disinfecting all outside mail and packages that enter the building.

-We will have longer appointment times for you to prepare and complete all appointment tasks and duties in the safest and most comprehensive manner.

-Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean fewer options will be available for scheduling your appointment.

We ask that, as we have so many patients to see, you treat your reserved dental appointment with the highest level of respect. Answer the screening questions honestly. Please arrive on time for your appointment. We may not be able to see you if you are late. If you miss your appointment it may be quite some time before we can get you back in.

We are committed to maintaining our high standard of dental health and safety under these new circumstances and appreciate your confidence in us.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we are taking to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

We are all excited to get back to work. Thank you for being our patients. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbours, and friends.


Dr. Rudy Wassenaar

Dr. Sophia Dahia

And the entire Williams Lake Smiles Team

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