Tricks to Drinking Wine Without Staining Your Teeth

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Many individuals enjoy sipping a glass of red or white wine at the end of a long day. However, if you are an avid drinker of red wine, you may have noticed some adverse cosmetic effects.

There are some ways to drink wine without staining your teeth. Red wine carries acids that make the surface of your teeth uneven and more susceptible to discolouration. Red wine also contains anthocyanins and tannins, two groups of pigments that bind to the surface of your teeth. 

White wine, on the other hand, contains no dark pigments and is, therefore, not as staining to teeth. If you are an avid wine-drinker but want to avoid stains, consider sticking to white wine or trying some of our tips below.

Sugar-Free Gum

One way to prevent your teeth from becoming stained by red wine is to chew sugar-free gum. By chewing gum, you are increasing the pH and flow of saliva, helping to break down and eliminate food particles that may be left behind after consuming red wine. However, gum made with sugar will add to the accumulation of plaque and tarter.

Low-Acid Vegetables

For maximum protection against tooth stains from wine, try to eat high-fibre foods before drinking wine. Foods rich in fibre like spinach and broccoli are a good choice because they stimulate saliva production. Saliva is an excellent cleaner for teeth and will help neutralize the acid from red wine. Foods that are high in fibre also help restore the mouth's PH levels.

Before & After Drinking

A good tip for drinking wine without staining your teeth is to brush your teeth BEFORE drinking wine. Brushing directly after drinking wine can damage the enamel. Instead, try waiting 20 to 30 minutes after your final glass of wine to allow your saliva’s natural acidity time to begin the natural cleaning process.

While brushing after drinking wine is still beneficial, drinking plenty of water is an excellent way to avoid staining your teeth. Consider adding lemon to improve the taste of your water and add whitening effects.

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