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White or Red?

Posted on March 13th, 2013

White wine #1The age old debate over wine has covered hundreds of years and thousands of topics. Which tastes better? Which is more sophisticated? Which has less calories? Which has more health benefits? Now, a number of new studies are adding another topic to the controversy: which one is better for your teeth–white or red wine?

White or Red?

Everyone in Midlothian, VA knows that drinking red wine can leave unsightly stains your teeth, but a recent study shows that white wine may actually be a worse culprit. Scientists at the New York University College of Dentistry studied the effects on tooth whiteness, and found that although red wine discolors, white wine actually dissolves a microlayer of tooth, making it rougher and more vulnerable. If this is followed with staining drinks such as coffee and tea, or acidic foods such as citrus fruits, the resulting damage could be harmful to the health of your mouth.

White Wine Damages Teeth

Another study by a team from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, confirmed their findings and also discovered that the longer the time you spend drinking white wine, and the more frequently you drink it, the worse the damage will be to your teeth. Some ways to counteract these affects include making sure you eat a calcium-rich diet, limiting the other damaging food or drinks you have, and waiting 20 to 30 minutes to brush your teeth. Brushing too soon after white wine will cause more damage to their already weakened state. Instead, rinse with water and try using whitening toothpaste when you do brush.

Red Wine Protects Teeth?

To add to the debate, researchers at Pavia University in Italy found that a bacteria that feeds on sugars in food, contributing to cavities, was unable to cling to teeth when red wine was present. Another study from Laval University in Quebec, Canada found that compounds in red wine may in fact prevent and treat inflammatory gum diseases.

Whiten Teeth

Whether you choose to drink red or white wine, you may find that your teeth are not as white as you might like. There are many whitening options available in our Midlothian, VA drug stores, but without a proper assessment from Dr. Hawkins, you could end up damaging your teeth.

We understand that you might not choose to get your teeth whitened with an in-office treatment, but please make sure to check with us before starting any whitening.

So white or red wine? That’s for you to decide! But if you have any questions always make sure to ask our Hawkins Family Dentistry staff!

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Written by Dr Alex Hawkins

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