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What does wine do to teeth? That’s a surprisingly complex question and not one with a clear answer. But as we approach Valentine’s Day, a day where Americans spend around $8.6 million on wine, a brief review of the benefits and potential risks wine poses for our oral health.
Several studies suggest wine has oral health benefits including:
Because wine has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, it can help reduce risks of tooth decay. Of course, so too can brushing your teeth – and that doesn’t come with the potential oral health risks of wine, such as:
Wine is incredibly acidic. Like soda, the acids in wine get to work right away at breaking down enamel. Once enamel has been eaten away, it will not come back. This increases risks for:
Dentin, the substance underneath your enamel, is yellow in color. When there is no enamel to cover the dentin, teeth simply look yellow.
Yellow teeth may not be the biggest cosmetic issue with wine consumption. Red wine clings to plaque. Plaque, when left in place, will harden into tartar within 24 hours. Tartar is very difficult to remove and, if it is holding dark colors against your teeth, your smile will darken and lose its luster as a result.
You can drink wine and keep a healthy smile, but it may take some work. Here are a few steps to minimize the damage wine can do to teeth:
And remember, moderation is key. Limit your wine intake to no more than five glasses a week to help prevent tooth staining and enamel erosion.
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