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How Drinking Wine Affects the Teeth

how drinking wine affects the teethMany people enjoy a glass of wine with dinner, but excess wine consumption can damage your teeth. Teeth are composed of several layers, which cover and protect the nerves, blood vessels, and other soft tissues at their center. The enamel is the outermost layer. The enamel contains minerals, which help keep it hard. These minerals are regularly depleted and restored through a process called remineralization. According to a study published in “Nutrition Research,” both red and white wines can erode your enamel, leading to the need for treatment by our cosmetic dentist in Phoenix.

Wine is extremely acidic and leaches calcium and other minerals from teeth. This causes the enamel to become softer and more prone to damage. The acids combined with the potent natural dyes can increase your risk of staining. Red and white wines contain tannins, which bond to the structures of your teeth, where the discolorations can be impossible to brush away through typical dental hygiene. While you may think that brushing right after enjoying your nightly wine can help minimize the damage, the fact is that immediate brushing is actually more likely to damage your teeth. That is because the already-softened enamel can become scratched and brushed away, which allows the acids to bore even more deeply into your teeth the next time you indulge.

None of this means that you need to ditch your wine habit. Wine consumption has been linked to improved heart health and can play a role in a healthy diet. You just need to learn to drink carefully. Brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste before you eat or drink, and apply lip gloss to create a barrier between your teeth and the wine. Nibble on cheese as you sip to neutralize the acids and restore calcium, and rinse with water after drinking to dilute any remaining acid. Wait about half an hour before brushing your teeth. Contact us today to find out more or to schedule your appointment with our expert in teeth whitening in Phoenix.

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