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Red vs. White Wine – Teeth Whitening Assassins!

Posted on February 27th, 2015

Red v White WineA Bottle of Red or a Bottle of White?

According to Billy Joel, “it all depends on your appetite.” If you are enjoying a juicy steak, a bottle of pinot noir or cabernet might be just the ticket. On the other hand, you should probably reach for a sauvignon blanc if you’ve got a plate of tilapia with butter sauce in front of you. But which wine pairs best with teeth?

We’ve all heard that red wine will cause stained teeth, but Drs. James Sevey and David Haluska would like to set the record straight, so Bangor residents can make informed choices. New research has shown that red wine protects your teeth and white wine may damage them. If you’re concerned with stains on your teeth, call Creative Dental Solutions today to discuss teeth whitening in Bangor.

Red to the rescue

The next time you pick a white wine over a red to avoid the noticeable discoloration, think twice, because looks can deceive. Emerging studies conducted all over the world have turned conventional wisdom on its head. Research now suggests that the very discoloration that gives red wine a bad reputation may be guarding your teeth and secretly improving your oral health. On the other hand, it turns out that white wine actually weakens teeth, paving the way for stains, acidic damage, and potentially even more problems.

The facts and how to use them

Anybody that drinks a glass of red wine and visits a mirror will notice their teeth are slightly less white than they use to be, but your eyes don’t tell you the whole story. According to scientists at Italy’s Pavia University, red wine prevents certain cavity-causing bacteria from sticking to teeth. If that’s not enough, researchers from Lavel University in Quebec found that red wine might actually reverse the effects of gum disease and keep it from forming in the future.

As for white wine, the story is a little different. New York University College of Dentistry researchers found that white wine attacks and dissolves a thin, protective coating around teeth. The result is a rougher tooth that is more susceptible to stains from coffee, tea, and damage from acidic foods and beverages. In addition, Mainz, Germany’s Johannes Gutenberg University reports that the factor of damage increases with exposure, meaning the longer time spent drinking and more often you drink it, the more your teeth suffer.

So how do you protect yourself? Here are some tips for drinking reds and whites:

  • Red wine does indeed stain teeth, but it has benefits too. If you want to minimize the staining, keep a glass of water nearby and make sure to take a sip and swish it around every few minutes.
  • White wine is a little more sinister, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it when you want to. To minimize the damage:
    • Try to limit the amount of time the wine is in your mouth. Enjoying a glass over a couple of hours will do much more damage than a few quick sips. Rinse with water (just like the red wine) after drinking.
    • Cut down on other staining and/or acidic foods and beverage you consume (e.g. orange juice, red wine, black tea, coffee).
    • Always wait half an hour after drinking white wine to brush your teeth. If you don’t, brushing will actually harm your teeth further.
    • Use whitening toothpaste (after 30 mins) and mouthwashes.

Getting back your pearly whites

If you already have stained teeth caused by red, white, or both kinds of wine and want a brighter smile, make sure to call Creative Dental Solutions for an appointment. All Bangor residents should know about teeth whitening in Bangor and enjoy a brighter, whiter smile. Drs. Sevey and Haluska want to help everyone pick the option that is perfect for them. Call us today and find out how Drs. James Sevey and David Haluska can brighten your smile!


About Dr. James Sevey & Dr. Natalie Sigwart

Dr. Sevey has 30 years of experience in the dental profession. Dentistry is constantly evolving and Dr. Sevey’s commitment to continuing education keeps him current with the latest advances in order to benefit his patients.

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