Red or White? Which Wine Keeps Your Smile Bright?

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011, 4:18 pm

Billy Joel sang a song about “a bottle of red… bottle of white…” but he didn’t sing about the stains that drinking wine can leave on your teeth. Red wine offers added health benefits but many people stick with white because they think it won’t stain their teeth. Are they making the right choice? Maybe not.

According to Dr. Mark Wolff at the NYU College of Dentistry “Red wine is an amazing staining material, but white wine makes the teeth more susceptible to staining. When you drink an acidic beverage, you wind up in a scenario where you etch the outer surface of the tooth slightly, making it more susceptible to chemicals that have pigment in them.”

The choice may not be if your choice of beverage will stain your teeth but when the staining will occur. Enjoy a glass of Cabernet and you may notice stains right away. Drink white wine and end the evening with a cup of coffee and you’ll end up with dark stains as well. Dr. Wolff noted “White wine and anything that’s deeply pigmented will cause stains.” He continued “We’ve looked at blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, sodas, teas and sports drinks.” He suggests drink in moderation and when you’ve finished, rinse your mouth with water. “Don’t run to the bathroom and brush right after.”The enamel on your teeth has been softened by the beverage so you need to give your saliva some time to remineralize your teeth. After about 30 minutes you can brush your teeth without worrying about damage.

If too much red wine, white wine or any other substance has left your smile looking dull and dingy  you can get your smile bright once more with a simple whitening procedure. The popular ZOOM whitening system can transform your stained smile faster than you thought possible.

Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your whitening consultation. A brighter, more vibrant looking smile is only a phone call away.

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