Here at Altschuler Periodontic and Implant Center, one of the ways we like to relax after a long day of work is to head down to Tall Paul’s Brew House over on SE 2nd Ave. to drink the delicious beers made by Alligator Brewing. Now, we know what your thinking: a dentist encouraging drinking beer? Well, it turns out that beer can actually greatly benefit your oral health if it is made with hops. Today, Dr. Altschuler is blogging from his Gainesville, FL office to talk about hops and how it can help prevent a variety of different oral health conditions.
Support Your Teeth by Drinking Beer with Hops
Hops hasn’t always been as prolific in the brewing business as it currently is. In fact, hops didn’t really catch on until the early colonial period of American history. At the time, most beer was being imported from England to America. However, the merchants found that a majority of their beer was spoiling during the long trip across the ocean. Luckily, they discovered that hops, which was considered nothing more than a weed at this time, was able to protect their products, keeping their beer safe and drinkable.
Fortunately, it also turns out that hops can have many interesting effects on beer. In particular, some strains of hops have proven effective at changing the bitterness of the beers it was used in, some strains are capable of changing the aroma of beer, and some can even change both at the same time. Many people find the effects of hops agreeable, and so it continues to be used to this day, even after they found other ways of keeping their brews clear of bacteria.
All of this history is interesting, but how does hops actually benefit our oral health? It turns out that hops is full of a natural group of chemicals called polyphenols. You want to consume these because polyphenols have been proven to not only prevent oral cancer, but also to prevent the buildup of plaque. Because you are getting less plaque on your teeth, your risk of tooth decay goes down significantly. Hops also contains xanthohumol, which has proven to be effective at killing viruses and preventing bacteria from sticking to the teeth. Both of these substances make beer with hops a great way to supplement your normal tooth maintenance routine.
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While it is true that some darker beers can stain your teeth, sticking with the lighter beers that are made with hops will prevent this while allowing you to enjoy maintaining your oral health. Unfortunately, drinking beer alone isn’t enough to prevent tooth decay and you may still end up losing a tooth. For these situations, we recommend treatment with dental implants. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of hops or why you should treat missing teeth with dental implants, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with dental implant provider Dr. Altschuler today.