You may choose to sip on white wine at dinner because you’ve heard red wine will stain your teeth. Well, studies have found that white wine can also leave a mark on your smile.
How Can White Wine Stain Tooth Enamel?
White wine is acidic. In the mouth, acid causes tooth enamel to temporarily soften. In the softer state, enamel soaks up stains. It’s not the white wine that stains teeth, it’s the dark foods and beverages you consume after white wine that will leave their mark on your smile.
Here’s the research: Clean cow teeth (which have the same properties as human teeth, but are bigger and easier to work with) were soaked in three colored beverages. When you sip wine with dinner, it’s the equivalent to soaking the teeth for about an hour. Red wine left the darkest stains on the teeth, but anything dark applied on the teeth after being soaked in white wine also caused staining.
White wine isn’t the only culprit. Orange juice, soda, lemonade, and other acidic beverages can also weaken the enamel and allow staining.
The Best Bet if You Do Indulge
After drinking an acidic beverage, avoid brushing your teeth right away. When the tooth enamel is weak, brushing can erode tooth enamel. Instead, rinse with plain water and avoid eating anything for about an hour. Your saliva will harden the tooth enamel as your mouth’s pH is neutralized. Another tip, if you are going to consume wine, eat cheese beforehand. The oils in cheese apply a protective barrier against acids and stains.
If wine or other acidic beverages have caused your teeth to stain, Dr. Fondriest can restore your smile with teeth whitening, veneers, or other cosmetic treatments. Contact Lake Forest Dental Arts at 847-234-0517 to set up an appointment. We welcome patients from the North Shore area of Chicago, including Winnetka, Highland Park, North Brook, Glenview, and surrounding communities.