Many people are shocked to learn that we have many beer fans in our office. In fact, we here at Assure a Smile are no strangers to the long-standing tradition of grabbing a cold beer after a long day’s work. In particular, we can occasionally be found at Miller’s Ale House, over at 11625 N. Kendall Dr. The reason people are shocked is because beer is often seen as another substance that negatively affects the quality of our oral health. However, it turns out that some beers, particularly those made with hops, are actually beneficial to our teeth. This is, of course, when consumed in moderation. Today, holistic dentist Dr. Ted Herrmann is blogging from his Miami, FL area office to talk about hop and what about it makes it beneficial to our oral health.
To start with, we want to spend some time talking about where hops come from. It’s interesting to note that hop wasn’t always as prominent in the brewing industry as it is now. In fact, for the longest time, hop was considered nothing more than a weed. It actually wasn’t until the colonial period of American history that this changed. During this time, the majority of beer being consumed in the colonies was imported. However, merchants were finding that a lot of the stock they were bringing over was rotting during the long trip across the Atlantic. This lead to the discovery that hops could prevent bacteria from growing in beer, keeping it safe the entire trip.
As time has gone by, brewers have found new ways to keep beer bacteria free. So why then are hops still so widely used? The reason for this is the fact that hops have many interesting effects on beer. For instance, depending on the strand used, hop can affect the taste or aroma of the beer. Some strands of hops can even make both of these changes at the same time. Fortunately, many people have come to enjoy these effects, and so hops remain in use even today.
So we now know how hop came to be used and why it sees use even today, but what makes it good for our teeth? Well, it turns out that the hop leaf is full of a group of chemicals called polyphenols. Polyphenols are naturally forming chemicals that have been proven to prevent oral cancer, reverse gum disease, and prevent plaque from building up on our teeth. One particular polyphenol found in hops is called xanthohumol, and has been found to kill viruses and prevent bacteria from sticking to teeth.
When consumed in moderation, it is unlikely that drinking beer will end up costing you any of your teeth. However, should you lose a tooth because of drinking too much alcohol, or for any other reason, rest assured that we can restore your smile using dental implants. To learn more about hops or dental implants, contact our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Ted Herrmann today.
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