While a glass of wine a day might keep the doctor away, it doesn't keep us, the dentists away! While wine does have many useful functions, as recently discovered by scientists, including improving longevity of life and reducing diabetes risks, there is a major hazard that you should be aware of, and that's tooth stains. Yes, white wine can stain your teeth just like red wine can.
Wine & Your Tooth Enamel
In a recent study, NYU has gone to great lengths to show that not only red wine can stain your teeth, but so can white wine. If you have been avoiding red wine for this reason, you might want to rethink your decision. White wine is full of acidity that not only causes tooth stains, but erosion of your teeth as well. The acid in white wine attacks and eats your tooth enamel and creates grooves and nooks in your teeth that are now susceptible to stains from other food and drinks.
Berries, tea and coffee are high in chromogens, which is a pigment that causes tooth stains. These are just a few of the examples of foods and drinks that can stain your teeth. A routine visit to our office can help you avoid developing permanent tooth discoloring, with a few simple changes in your behavior.
How to Protect Your Teeth
We aren't asking you to give up your favorite white wine. Who doesn't need a way to relax after a trying day? Instead, drink up! Start pairing your wine choices with foods that have low acid contents. Nuts, fruits and cheese are great choices, not to mention they pair well with wine; Take breaks between drinks to avoid dry mouth, which erodes tooth enamel and rinse after you drink to cleanse your palate and neutralize the acids in your mouth.
We also recommend that you chew sugar free gum for at least 20 – 30 minutes, to reactivate the saliva in your mouth and wash away any remaining debris, and definitely avoid brushing for at least 30 minutes to an hour after drinking. Contact our office to schedule your consultation to discuss options for keeping your teeth healthy and white.