Drinking Wine and Your TeethA glass of wine can be relaxing after a long day at work or play, and many doctors even recommend wine for heart health. However, there is evidence showing that wine may not be quite as good for your teeth. A study published in “Nutrition Research” in August 2009 revealed that wine erodes the protective enamel coating of your teeth. White wine in particular is highly acidic and leaches calcium and other minerals from your teeth. Of all the white wines in the study, Riesling was found to be most damaging. Carbonated drinks may be just as bad for your teeth.

Wine doesn’t just erode your teeth; it can also stain them. While many people may consider red wine to be the culprit when it comes to wine, white wine can be just as bad. Both types of wines contain acids and tannins that make teeth porous and more prone to staining from food and beverages. Once your teeth have accumulated stains, the only way to remove them is through teeth whitening treatments.

Brushing your teeth after enjoying a glass of wine is not the answer. The harsh scrubbing action of brushing can further damage acid-softened enamel. Instead, rinsing your mouth with water after drinking juices, wines or carbonated beverages can help reduce the damage. Eating cheese, which neutralizes acids and is rich in bone-building calcium, may also be beneficial. Wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth.

Contact our Los Angeles cosmetic dentist, Dr. Ghasri, to learn more or to schedule your consultation.

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