What You Need to Know About Wine

Happy Thanksgiving week!

With the holiday just a few days away, it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll put on your table to share with your friends and family, or- if you’re not the one cooking- what you’ll bring to a friend’s or family member’s house to share.

During the holidays, wine is a popular beverage choice, but it’s important to think about the following before opening a bottle.

The Reputation of Red

Red wine has always been at the top of the list of tooth staining offenders. Because of its deep red color and high sugar content, red wine easily stains teeth over time. While professional teeth whitening can often remove the stains caused by red wine and other common tooth stainers, including berries, coffee and tea, soda, and candy, it’s not always 100 percent effective. Because red wine has this reputation of being harmful to your smile, many people choose to drink white wine to help their teeth remain bright and their smile beautiful. Recent research shows that you may want to think again before reaching for a glass of white wine.

What About White?

A new study shows that white wine has an acid content that can lead to tooth enamel erosion and increase the risk of dark dental stains if you also drink tea or similar dark beverages.

Human teeth react badly with acid. Certain foods, such as citrus fruits, soda, and white wine, as well as health conditions, such as GERD and excessive vomiting, expose your teeth to high levels of acid, which attack your tooth enamel (the hard white protective coating on each of your teeth). When your teeth are under acid attack, your enamel can erode, leading to tooth sensitivity, tooth decay, and other dental problems. Because white wine is so acidic, you run this risk each time you take a sip. To diffuse this effect, pair your wine with dairy products, which are rich in calcium and oily, so they will coat your teeth and protect them from the acid. Also, rinse your mouth with water often when enjoying a glass of wine. This will help to remove the wine residue from the surfaces of your teeth.

Even though it is light in color, white wine actually increases your teeth’s susceptibility to staining. Because the tooth enamel is vulnerable for a period of time whenever you eat and drink- and its vulnerability is increased because of the acidity of white wine- any dark substances can stain your teeth. Over time, the habit of drinking after-dinner coffee or tea after a night of sipping on white wine will leave your teeth dull, stained, and with isolated dark patches throughout your smile. While teeth whitening may help to lighten these stains, it’s likely that this cosmetic treatment won’t be able to remove these dark patches, so Detroit cosmetic dentist Dr. Aziza Askari may suggest other cosmetic dental procedures, such as porcelain veneers and cosmetic bonding to correct the damage.

If you look in the mirror and wish you saw a bright, white smile, it’s time to call Comfort Dental Spa, located in Farmington Hills, Michigan, before the rush of the holidays sets in. You want to look your best in holiday photos and start 2012 off with a bang, so call our dental office today at (248) 474-6434 to reserve your appointment.