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How Drinking Wine Affects the Teeth

How Drinking Wine Affects the Teeth

Many people across the world like to enjoy some wine during dinner, and many also like to drink some with their friends, either out or at home. It is a good drink to wind down with, or have during nice social occasions. Unfortunately, wine is not good for everything. Recent studies show that wine can have a considerably negative effect on your teeth.

Red wine is feared for its dark color, and often kept away from white carpets, tablecloths, and clothes. Red wine can also stain your teeth, and in fact is on the list of drinks every tooth whitening dentist says to avoid if you are looking for a brighter smile. White wine, however, is no more safe than red. White wine contains acids and tannins that can make enamel, the protective layer on the surface of your teeth, more porous, and thus more likely to absorb the color from both drinks and foods. The tannins in white wine in particular bind to the structure of your teeth, affecting your dental health overall.

Wine is also highly acidic, which is bad for many parts of your system, including the teeth. The acid works to lower the levels of minerals, such as calcium, which erodes the teeth. White wine is particularly troublesome in this case. Patients should also avoid fizzy and carbonated drinks.
Be aware of brushing right after drinking the aforementioned beverages. Your enamel is likely softened right after consuming these drinks, and brushing can damage it further. To achieve the desired effect, wait thirty minutes before brushing and flossing. You can also try brushing beforehand to reinforce your dental health. Cheese, which is rich in calcium and fights acid damage, and petroleum-based lip gloss, which can act as a barrier against tannins, are also recommended.

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