When it comes to a quality beer, one ingredient in particular trumps all the others: hops. However, it turns out that breweries may have been throwing out the healthiest part of hops! The leaves, which is the portion of hops plant that is regularly thrown away by beer makers could actually help to fight tooth decay.
According to a study from the American Chemical Society, the leaves of hops have powerful antioxidants that can decrease the risk of periodontal disease and cavities. Hops leaves contain polyphenols, a type of antioxidant that protects the body from free radical damage. These polyphenols prevent bad bacteria from sticking to the surface of the tooth and gums. When the bacteria cannot cling to the surface of teeth and gums, it makes it easier to be washed away by drinking water, saliva or brushing. This decreases the occurrence of gum disease or tooth decay. The fact that hops fights tooth decay is a big scientific discovery.
But don’t go out and start drinking your oral health problems away just yet. As healthy as the leaves are, beer companies throw away tons of them each year. However, scientists may start studying them in an effort to use this part of hops to improve oral health.
At Moore-Berry Dentistry, we are always on the look out for ways to improve your oral health. Your smile is our main concern and we offer a wide range of services that cater to the health and beauty of your smile. From gum disease prevention and treatment to fluoride treatment and sealants, trust us to help you fight against cavities and periodontal disease.
We serve the area of Fishers, IN and provide comprehensive dental care for the entire family. For more information on how to maintain and protect the health of your smile, visit us today or call us to schedule your appointment at (317) 348-1354(317) 348-1354.