Screw It, Go Ahead and Wine; It’s Good For You

In ancient times, there was once a large kingdom in a land called Persia. One day, the King’s daughter, the Princess, went against her father’s wishes and fell out of his good graces.

Mortified and deeply distressed, she saw no other choice than to take her own life. She decided to poison herself.

On the way to her rooms, she happened to pass by the kitchen and saw some table grapes that had “spoiled” in a jar. She grabbed the jar and ate the offending grapes.

But instead of dying, she became intoxicated and fell asleep. When she woke she found that all her stresses and worries had disappeared. Excited, she shared her discovery with the King, and fell back into his good graces. The King then commanded his court to produce “spoiled grapes” in abundance.

The Princess had thus discovered wine.

Fast forward a few thousand years, and we are still fascinated by it. Wine is consumed all over the world, and considered an essential component of entertainment as well as meals. That much vi no.

Modern studies, however, have found that this ancient discovery does more than tantalize our taste buds and relax us.

Wine (important: in moderation) has been documented to raise good cholesterol, prevent blood clotting and reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

Other benefits include preventing some types of cancer and links to lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

So how Merlot can you go?

Actually, we’re going to aim a little higher.

Recent research indicates that wine has an antibacterial effect on bacteria in the mouth responsible for dental plaque, a major factor in cavity formation and periodontal disease, as well as sore throats.

Who woulda thunk that Cabernet could be a cabern-yay?

I’ll spare you the techno-jargon (I snoozed over most of it myself), but it’s the non-alcoholic ingredients that are key players.

Organic compounds in wine, such as flavanoids and resveratol, act as antioxidants , and a variety of others limit oral bacteria.

Antioxidants prevent free radicals from causing damage to our cells, whether it be our skin (think anti-aging) or our gums if inflamed (as in gum disease).

Red wine seems to have an edge over white, but just slightly.

Right about now, if you’re fantasizing about ditching your floss permanently for a glass, I hate to burst your bubble.

Close . . . but no Shiraz.

Keeping those pearlies and their supporting cast healthy needs good home care, and for best results, regular maintenance with your dentist.

Aww shucks. I can already hear you wining.

It’s okay, you don’t have to stop 😉

    ” What is the definition of a good wine? It should start and end with a smile.”

           ~ William Sokolin

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5 Comments

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5 responses to “Screw It, Go Ahead and Wine; It’s Good For You

  1. I was meaning to talk reply here earlier, but now’s a good time.

    This article is hilarious. You win first prize for an imaginative dentist.

    (Okay, you don’t SERIOUSLY believe that’s how wine got invented, right? ;)).

  2. Who *really* knows what happened in ancient times, but I’m glad someone came up with wine!
    PS: How many others did I beat to win first prize?!?

  3. One of my readers is in his third year of dentist school. I should introduce him to your site.

    Of coures, he’s not blogging about the funny aspects of dentistry like you, so the comparison isn’t fair.

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