Last week we discussed how making a few minor adjustments to some of your favorite summertime treats could help you support the overall health of your mouth. Today dental implants Fort Lauderdale, FL provider Dr. Fenton and his entire staff want to talk about another classic summertime staple which might have you continuing that oral support throughout the season. However, this particular treat is only for the big kids of summer because today we’re talking about beer.
Now wait a minute, before we go completely off track here and start singing praises to the beer Gods, we have to cover our bases by saying that this post is not meant to debunk the fact that alcohol is bad for your teeth, because it still is. However, what isn’t bad for your teeth is the main ingredient in beer. Those little green balls known as hops.
Class Is In Session… For A Moment
We understand that history class was not everyone’s favorite subject in school, and we also understand that is was not the most riveting either. BUT, we just want to give you a quick little back story on beer. Who doesn’t want to learn about beer?
The funny thing about beer is that it did not always taste the same way it does now. The distinct taste beer has today is due to the number of hops added to the beverage in modern day brewing recipes.
Beer has not actually always contained the number of hops it does today. The real addition of hops into beer recipes started in 18th century England. During this time in history, everything was transported and exported by ship. This method of travel had the tendency to take a long time. A very long time. Sea voyages tend to do that.
Because of this, people had to find ways to keep the edible and drinkable items they were transporting from spoiling. In beer’s case, the solution was to add more hops! Batches of beer which had a higher content of hops in their recipe survived the long sea voyages without going rotten. This led to additional hops being added to conventional beer recipes turning into a staple in the production process.
So What Does This Have To Do With My Teeth?
Well, the answer to that question is science!
Ok, let us explain further.
It did not take long for people to realize that hops were actually aiding beer in fending off bacteria which, under other circumstances, would have caused it to spoil. Of course, biologists zoomed in on this, and for many years they mystery as to why exactly hops were keeping beer from spoiling plagued them.
For years, this mystery plagued scientists. That is, until 1937 when antiseptic properties were first witnessed in hops. Fast forward 80 some year and scientists, the brilliant and persistent breed they are, have narrowed down what amazing things certain extracts in hops do for our bodies.
Take Lupulone, for instance. Lupulone is a menace to tuberculosis. Another component in hops, known as xanthohumol, kills viruses and contains anti-malarial properties.
However, dentists are scientists too, and when antimicrobial properties were seen in hops dentists decided to give hops a shot at benefitting the human mouth. What they found is that hops are not only good for your oral health, acting like a type of tasty antimicrobial mouthwash when consumed in beer, but they can also help to prevent oral problems and tooth decay in your mouth’s future!
Of course, as we said above, alcohol is still bad for your teeth, so this new information should be celebrated in moderation. Just like all things.
Looking For A Local Place To Grab A Beer?
A couple of weeks ago we suggested one of our favorite places to get some seafood. So this week we figured we would do the same by suggesting one of our favorite places to grab a local beer.
The Field Irish Pub & Eatery is not only a great bar with a fantastic atmosphere but a fantastic restaurant as well. People rave about their potato soup and the live entertainment this establishment often hosts. We hope to see you there!
Until next time readers, cheers and keep smiling.