We at our Greensboro, NC practice are no strangers to the after work tradition of grabbing a nice cold beer after a long day. In fact, every now and then we’ll head across the street to The Brass Taps over on Battleground Ave. to try some of their refreshing brews. Now, you’re probably quite surprised to hear your dentist encouraging the consumption of beer. Well, we are happy to say that we have no problem doing so as it turns out that the hops used to make beer can actually be beneficial to your oral health. Today, Dr. Steven Hatcher is blogging to talk about the history of hops and what about it that makes it good for you.
Hop Your Way to a Healthier Smile
Hops hasn’t always been as important to the beer brewing scene as it is today. In fact, for the longest time, hops was considered nothing more than a weed. This changed during the colonial period of American history. During this time, a majority of the beer being enjoyed had to be imported from England. However, merchants were discovering that much of the beer they brought over was spoiling during the long voyage. This led to the discovery that hops could actually prevent bacteria from spoiling their beer, keeping it fresh the entire trip.
So we know why hops was used back then, but why is it still so prevalent even today, what with all the advancements that have been made to brewing and exporting since then? This is because hops has many interesting effects on beer. For instance, some strands of hops can affect the bitterness of beer. Some strands can affect the aroma of the beer. There are even some strands of hops that can make both of these changes at the same time. Beer drinkers today tend to enjoy these effects, and so hops remains important even today.
So what is it about hops that makes it so good for your teeth? It is because hops is full of a natural group of chemicals called polyphenols. What makes polyphenols great is the fact that they have been proven to prevent oral cancer and reverse gum disease. Not only that, but they can also prevent plaque from building up on your teeth. One polyphenol present in hops, called Xanthohumol, has been found useful in killing viruses and preventing bacteria from sticking to our teeth. Because of polyphenols, hops beer is capable of helping prevent the conditions that lead to gum disease and tooth decay.
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Like with most substances, beer in moderation is unlikely to harm you in any way. However, beer made with hops alone isn’t enough to keep your mouth clear of dangerous conditions and you may still end up having to deal with a missing tooth. Should this become your situation, we recommend you restore any missing teeth with dental implants. If you would like to learn more about what dental implants can offer you, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with dental implant provider, Dr. Steven Hatcher, today.