Let us intervene in your wine-teeth predicament and prevent wine from taking the smile off your face:
Brush Before, Not After
Strictly refrain from rigorous brushing after seeing your purple smile in the mirror. Wait for minimum an hour to brush after drinking wine as your enamel may have been softened which will erode by your bristles and/or drunken brushing technique. Brush your teeth an hour or so before you go out to ensure there is no plaque on your teeth which are magnets for wine.
Apart from keeping you hydrated (and averting hangover), interspersing glasses of wine with water will keep wine stains at bay by neutralizing the acidic pH. Swish the water in your mouth and allow the bubbles to loosen up and scrub away the stains. Alternatively, add ice to your drink (Yes, it works great with Red wine too) to dilute the harmful effects.
Talking about this perfect blissful pairing, nibbling on some cheese (especially hard ones) increases saliva flow (which helps rinse away the acids), and its constituents like calcium and casein can help replenish minerals in enamel, a process called remineralization. It also helps close the tiny micropores of the tooth because of its waxy consistency which acts as a defense barrier from the red wine staining.
Foods with high fiber content, like celery, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and potatoes, increases saliva production and mechanically scrub away the stains while chewing.
Drink wine out of a straw
This will direct harmful liquids into your throat, bypassing most of your teeth. It may sound ridiculous drinking this way, but can definitely be done amidst close associates. Additionally, wine accessory company Oenophilia invented Wino Sippers, a glass that’s built with a straw feature to prevent teeth staining.
Vino Diva Wine Aerator Straw enhances wine experience by producing superior wine aeration the moment wine hits the palate thereby preventing teeth staining.
Wine teeth wipes
Compact Wine Wipes (use wisely as they are abrasive) or cocktail napkins can be swiped on the teeth to instantly erase embarrassing purple tinges.
Don’t let it linger
In contrast with the wine connoisseur’s advice, do not let the wine stay in your mouth for too long as it prevents restoration of pH. The continuous acid exposure softens enamel, making your teeth more susceptible to eroding and picking up stains from other foods/drinks.
While we don’t expect you to stop drinking, it is definitely time to get “Wine Savvy”. Routine cleaning and polishing at your dentist office in conjunction with regular brushing and flossing result in smoother teeth with less plaque buildup. We hope this article will help you in maintaining your pearly whites without cutting back on your favorite reds.