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Why drinking wine could be good for your teeth

Red wine could be your teeth's new best friend.

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Red wine, which has been linked to lowering risk of diabetes and heart disease is also now able to fight harmful bacteria in the mouth.

The compound- polyphenols- help fend off the bacteria.

According to BBC Health, polyhphenols were only linked to having antioxidant properties.

But they have also been found to have been working in conjunction with the good bacteria in the intestinal system.

The study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists were looking for the oral health benefits of red wine.

"Researchers compared the effects of two polyphenols from red wine against grape seed and red wine extract supplements on bacteria that stick to teeth and gums and cause dental plaque, cavities and gum disease," the BBC reports.

The results showed that polyphenols reduced the bacteria's ability to stick to the cells.

The polyphenols can also be found in Coffee, Green tea, Cider, Orange juice and lemon juice, Black tea, Blueberries, Raspberries, Kiwis, Black grapes, Cherries, and Beans.

To enjoy these benefits, wine should be drank in moderation. At least a glass a day.

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