Red wine is perfect for winding down in the evening after a stressful day, or cracking open a bottle to share with friends or family.
But it also has a tendency to stain your teeth, as well as the carpet. Removing red wine stains, especially from your teeth, can be an absolute nightmare. To help you protect your oral health, Ideal Wine Company explains how to care for your teeth as a wine lover.
Eroding tooth enamel
A University of Adelaide study indicates that 10 one-minute episodes of wine tasting can erode tooth enamel.
Dr Sarbin Ranjitkar, who worked on the study, said: “With professional wine tasters and winemakers tasting anywhere from 20 to 150 wines per day, and wine judges tasting up to 200 wines per day during wine shows, this represents a significant risk to their oral health.”
Clearing up misconceptions
So logically if you drink too much wine long-term, it can damage your teeth. Dr Sivan Finkel told E Online: “The acids in wine create rough spots and grooves that enable chemicals in other beverages that cause staining (such as coffee) to penetrate deeper into the tooth.”
Dr Finkel also cleared up a commonly-held misconception among wine lovers worldwide. According to him, both red and white wine can be bad for your teeth. Even though it doesn’t stain, white wine can actually cause more damage. In other words, if you want to enjoy drinking wine long term, it is important that you learn how to care for your teeth.
While drinking wine
Let’s start with what you should do while drinking wine. “We always advise patients to swish around with water in between glasses of wine,” said Finkel.
With this, you will ensure that the acid in wine doesn’t get a chance to settle on your teeth. Consuming water between glasses also cleans your palette, allowing you to truly appreciate the complex flavours in your next glass of wine.
After drinking wine
It’s also crucial to make sure your teeth are properly cared for after drinking wine. But this doesn’t mean brushing your teeth straight away, according to Finkel.
“It’s important not to brush your teeth immediately after drinking wine, because the wine is acidic (again, red, white, rosé and even Champagne) and so the enamel can be temporarily softened.”
It’s wise to wait 30 minutes after drinking wine before brushing your teeth, so you can protect the enamel.
Enjoy wine responsibly
So if you follow Dr Finkel’s instructions, you can keep drinking delicious red wine. You can buy standout bottles like the Chateau Lafleur 1990, a brilliant Bordeaux red, from Ideal Wine Company, safe in the knowledge that by taking the right precautions, you can enjoy this wine without a care in the world!