Thursday, June 17, 2021

Do You Drink Red Wine?

 If you are a red wine drinker...listen up! 

Did you know that drinking red wine will dull your smile?

Dr. Uchenna Akosa, head of Rutgers Health University Dental Associates, the faculty practice of Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in New Brunswick, N.J. states "When you drink red wine,  you're encountering a triple threat to your teeth's whiteness: anthocyanins, which are the pigments in grapes that give red wine its color; tannins, which help bind the pigment to your teeth; and the acidity found in wine, which etches your enamel, making it more porous and it easier for the stain to stick."

Dr. Akosa has provided ways to protect your teeth from becoming stained:

  • Know when to brush: Brush 30 minutes before drinking red wine, not right after.
  • Avoid mixing wines: Do not drink white wine first due to the extra acidity.
  • Chew your food: Chewing helps saliva production. Eat cheese while drinking!
  • Dental visits: See your dentist for regular cleanings and exams.

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