Have A Hoppy St. Patrick’s Day

Green BeerIt’s officially March here in Haworth, NJ and for many people, this means that springtime is just around the corner. However, dental implant provider Dr. Andrew Spector and the rest of his staff here at Gentle Dentistry are excited for another exciting event that March brings with it – but not for the reasons you might expect.

St. Patrick’s day is an official Christian feast day that is held on March 17th each year to commemorate Saint Patrick who is the foremost patron saint of Ireland. This day is widely celebrated in Ireland with much vigor. Festivities include celebrating the heritage and culture of Ireland in general with activities like public parades and festivals, feasting, and the wearing of all green attire. It’s not only in Ireland that the festivities of this holiday are practiced, but around the world, particularly in places like Great Britain, the United States, Canada, Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand.

However, there is one more activity that is famously associated with St. Patrick’s day and that’s drinking. More specifically the drinking of beer. Historically, one of the main reason for the association between St. Patrick’s Day and drinking is because the Lenten restriction on food and alcohol are lifted on this day. It’s also not to be looked past that the Irish are famous for their love of beer. Coincidentally, here at the office, we’re excited about the beer drinking aspect of St. Patrick’s Day as well.

Now, at this point, you might be wondering why it is that a dentist’s office is excited about beer, or the consumption of it, at all. That’s what we’re here to talk about today; how drinking a beer can actually be a boon for your teeth this St. Patrick’s day. However, in order to understand why, you need to know a few things about hops
and their history with beer.

Let’s take a closer look.

Hops Help Beer Make It Across the Ocean

Around the 16th century, worldwide trade started to become more and more popular. People were sending spices back to Europe from exotic locations as much as they were transporting barrels of salted pork from the United Kingdom to Spain.

One item that was often traded and transported via ocean was alcohol. More specifically wine and beer. However, ocean voyages had a tendency to take quite a long time. Traders were soon finding that their barrels of beer were spoiling before they ever reached their destination and could not be sold. This was due to that fact that bacteria would build up in the beer during transportation and cause it to turn. So you might imagine, it was soon decided that something had to be done about this.

Hops Have Some Incredible Properties

Without going into more detail than we have time for today, it was discovered that batches of beer with more hops in their recipe made it across the ocean without spoiling. This fact has sparked a number of academic studies on this most important ingredient in beer, all of which have come back with the same result; hops have antimicrobial properties.

The above facts mean that the occasional sip of beer can actually be a bit like taking a swig of mouthwash. Of course, this is all ion moderation. Drinking too much of any kind of alcoholic beverage can actually have devastating effects on not only your oral health but your overall health as well.

Regardless, we suggest you raise a glass in honor of your teeth this St. Patrick’s day. Just remember to drink responsibly.

Until next time readers, Drink a green beer and keep smiling.