Many people enjoy drinking wine, but this habit can have more than one damaging effect on teeth. Although the fact that wine may stain teeth is well known, the ability of wine to actually cause erosion may be less familiar. Here is more about the connection between wine and your teeth and how you can resolve the issue with help from our Houston cosmetic dentist.
Red wine is often assumed to be the prime offender among wines in terms of harm to teeth because of its ability to tint teeth red. However, even white wine has been found to color teeth with the tannins it contains. Furthermore, both red and white wines contain acids that boost the staining process. Tannins, the chemicals that give wine its light bitterness, have also been shown to bind to tooth enamel.
Studies have shown that the acids present in wine not only facilitate staining but also eat into the tooth enamel. In the long term, this can predispose teeth to cavities and infections. White wine is more harmful than red wine in this regard, and sweetened wines may double the damage with their sugar content.
If you drink wine, you can help reduce cosmetic issues by eating cheese or other calcium-rich foods that protect against stains from tannins and damage from acids. Avoid brushing immediately after imbibing because the abrasion can actually increase erosion in combination with the acids from the wine. To find out how professional cleaning and teeth whitening can help preserve your teeth in spite of wine drinking, you can schedule a consultation with our expert in teeth whitening in Houston.
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