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Effects of Drinking Wine on Your Teeth

Effects of Drinking Wine on Your TeethWine has been associated with a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. However, Dr. Mirani, premier cosmetic dentist in Beverly Hills, advises patients that wine may also interfere with your dental health.

According to a study that was published in 2009 in “Nutrition Research,” wine can erode your dental enamel. White wine tends to have a more destructive effect than red wine, but both types of wine are highly acidic and can erode your teeth much the same way soft drinks, energy drinks and juice do. Your first instinct may be to immediately brush your teeth to remove the acids, but this can actually lead to more damage. Because the enamel is softened by the acid, brushing can easily drive the acids even more deeply into tooth enamel.

Both red and white wines can also stain your teeth. They contain tannins, which bind to the structure of your teeth and discolor them. They can also leave your teeth more porous and susceptible to stains from other foods and beverages.

You don’t have to skip your evening glass of wine to protect your teeth. You can minimize the damage by brushing your teeth before you drink wine, and wait at least 30 minutes before brushing after you drink wine. Enjoying cheese with your wine can help neutralize the acids that are contained in wine. Rinsing with water or using wine wipes can reduce the risk of staining.

Contact Dr. Mirani, specialist for porcelain veneers in Beverly Hills, to learn more about how you can protect your teeth, whiten them and still continue to enjoy wine.

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