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Wine Consumption vs. Your Teeth

Just like coffee or black tea, wine, especially the red type, can stain your teeth, making that white smile disappear. If you enjoy having one or more glasses of red wine a day, take a look at your teeth and search for some of its consequences.

Of course, an explanation is needed. Our experts at Bella Smiles in Las Vegas made a list with a few of the reasons why an increased consumption of wine can damage your teeth:

Colorants. Red wine is full of elements known as “chromogens”, which are the responsible for the stains. These substances produce enough pigments that can adhere on to your teeth´s enamel, staining them. Also, tannins present in red wine help chromogens bind to the teeth, giving that stained aspect.

 Acidity. Experts on the matter say that the elevated consumption of red wine, but especially white wine, increase the acidity pH levels in your mouth. This acid can damage the tooth enamel, increasing the appearance of dentin, producing the awful yellow tonality on them. Also, without the protective enamel, the risk of bacteria and decay increases.

Aging. They say that the older the wine is, the better, but this fact does not apply to your teeth. As you get older, microscopic cracks appear on your teeth due to the wear of all does years. The cracks function like an entrance for the chromogens and tannins to penetrate the enamel, leaving stains that cannot be removed that easily.

So, what can you do to prevent this from happening, while still enjoying a good glass of wine once every other day? Experts at Bella Smiles in Las Vegas recommend:

Wait before brushing your teeth. As stated above, whine, especially the white type, is very acidic, changing your mouth´s pH balance. So brushing your teeth immediately after having a glass of wine can damage even more your teeth´s enamel. Experts recommend waiting at least 30 minutes to brush your teeth. Accompanying the consumption of wine with cheese or having a glass of water after it can help diminish the acidity in your mouth.

Use a straw. Yes, wine connoisseurs and sommeliers may get a stroke if you give them this advice, but if you are a regular person that does not care and does not ruin you the experience, drinking from a straw is a great way to reduce the contact of the wine and your teeth.

Try not to sip slowly. Again, this can cause a bit of discomfort to wine connoisseurs and sommeliers but is true, the more contact has the wine with your teeth, the more stains will be produced. Of course that letting the wine linger in your mouth is part of the experience, but if you care about your teeth´s health, you should avoid it.

Moderation, moderation, moderation. As always, too much of a thing can be dangerous to our health. Wine consumption follows the same rule. Enjoy a glass or two of wine once every other day. This will be good for your teeth, but also for your general health. Try consuming other types of alcohol instead of always choosing wine, either red or white.

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