The Effects of Wine on Tooth Enamel

winestain1If you enjoy drinking wine, there are some things you should know about how wine can affect your bright, white smile.

The acids in both red and white wine eat away at tooth enamel, creating rough spots that make teeth more vulnerable to staining. These acids etch the teeth at a microscopic level causing the teeth to become porous and vulnerable to staining from other beverages, such as coffee.

Red wine, in addition, contains a deep natural pigment called chromogen and tannins, which help the color stick to the teeth. This combination makes it easy for the wine’s red color to stay with you long after your glass is empty.

There are some things you can do to lessen the staining effects of wine on your teeth:

Drink some water or swish your mouth with water after drinking wine. This will dilute the acids and rinse away the wine before stains can set.

Brushing your teeth immediately after drinking wine is not recommended because softened teeth can be eroded by vigorous hygiene. Waiting to brush will help give more time for your saliva to re-mineralize your enamel. When you do brush later, use a toothpaste with a mild whitening agent.

Eat foods that strengthen your teeth. Choose calcium-rich foods such ase cheese, milk and fortified cereals and get your Vitamin D from eggs and fish. For Vitamin C, eat cranberries, strawberries and cauliflower.

If you are looking for a dentist in the Troy and Birmingham area who utilizes the latest dental techniques and technology, be sure to check out Dr. Douglas Angell. Angell’s Dentistry is committed to providing each of our patients with a beautiful, healthy smile and unmatched dental care. Give our office a call at (248) 362-4330 and be sure to visit our website at:

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