Wines have long been touted for their sophistication, and that would be right. However, the luxury that comes with sipping red or white comes at a price way beyond the tag. Teeth discoloration among regular wine drinkers is pretty common, making visits to a local Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist a must.
There’s actually more to it than just discoloration. As it turns out, the acid in wine is potent enough to significantly erode teeth enamel, opening up the doors to additional dental hassles like cavities, sensitivity, and pain. What’s worse is that the damage may occur much faster than anyone can expect.
Let’s start off with the most common drawback of regular wine sipping: discolored/yellowing teeth. Teeth stains are classified into two broad categories: extrinsic (surface) and intrinsic (deep) stains. Extrinsic stains are found on the surface of teeth enamel and are primarily caused by one’s diet. On the other hand, intrinsic stains are the complete opposite. Instead of staining the enamel, they affect the dentin or inner layer of the teeth. They’re much tougher to treat.
Now what does this have to do with drinking wine? Remember that teeth are porous, which means they can absorb staining agents over time. The acid in the wine augments this absorbent property by literally dissolving/etching teeth surface on a microscopic level. Red wine is more profound at this game, and drinking white wine isn’t an “antidote” as it harbors acid as well. Once the acid in the drinks get their way, they open the floodgates for other food and drinks to stain teeth inside and out as the enamel is rendered much more porous than normal.
There are ways to prevent wine from doing a number on teeth, though. Eating cheese alongside a glass of red can help, as the calcium in them could strengthen the teeth’s defenses against damage. Hard cheeses are recommended, since they have more calcium and they act as polish and filling—they close the pores in teeth, making the teeth resist staining better.
Brushing before having a sip is also recommended. Brushing right after having a swig is actually worse, since the acid in the wine has made the teeth more sensitive to the abrasion from brush bristles.
Drinking wine, however, isn’t being demonized at all in this article. All this article does is remind that wine should be consumed with caution in order to avoid dental mishaps. If damage from too much wine hasn’t been prevented enough, a Beverly Hills cosmetic dentistry practice like the New Century Dental Group can help in restoring pearly whites to their former glory.
(Source: Is Happy Hour Hurting Your Teeth? Shape, March 27, 2015)