No matter how marvelous your outfit or how great your hair looks, stained teeth are always a huge turn off. The color of your teeth will always leave a lasting impression during your interactions, hence the need for a reliable teeth whitening system such as Dr. Strober’s Sinsational Smiles teeth whitening in San Diego.
Numerous food items could influence the development of teeth stains, one of which include red wine. Continue reading to learn more about how to avoid teeth stains from red wine consumption. You do not have to give up on red wine to maintain those sparkling pearly whites!
What’s in Red Wine?
So what exactly makes the teeth stain from red wine? Red wine is a tasty combination of acids, tannin, and natural dyes. All 3 ingredients work together to produce dyed saliva thus creating the teeth staining effect.
It has also been shown that the acid in red wine could soften and damage your teeth’s enamel, the hardest tissue in your body which protects the crown. Consequently, if you brush your teeth right after sipping wine, you risk further damage due to the pressure involved. This is why it’s a good idea to sip water right after your wine-tasting marathon.
1. Brush Your Teeth Before Consuming Red Wine
Red wine stains love to stick to plaque. Thus, you might want to brush your teeth an hour or so before pouring yourself a glass of wine. Do not brush your teeth minutes before drinking as the toothpaste residue combined with wine could have an adverse affect on your palate.
2. Pair Red Wine and High-Fiber Foods
The fiber in high-fiber foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains could scrub and brush away the stain. Spinach salad, anyone?
3. Drink Sparkling Water
Your saliva is your greatest ally when it comes to fighting off those red and purple bullets of red wine stains. To increase your saliva production while sipping red wine, you might want to drink sparkling water in between. While it’s not a cure-all to red wine stains in teeth, the carbonation could greatly benefit less staining by scrubbing the stain away before it could fully settle down.
4. Eat More Cheese…
Or anything with lots of protein. These food sources will help you build more calcium in your teeth. Cheese, particularly the hard ones could help polish off fresh wine stains and make your pearly whites more resistant to stain by closing off those micropores Eating cheese is like waxing your teeth where the wine simply rolls off.
San Diego Teeth Whitening
If your teeth aren’t as white as you’d like, cosmetic dentist Dr. Strober recommends professional Sinsational Smiles teeth whitening. Sinsational Smiles involves a ph-balanced bleaching gel and a special light to erase stains and discolorations, leaving teeth dramatically whiter in just one hour. Our patients tell us that their teeth continue to lighten over the next few weeks, up to 10 shades in all. Because not everyone is a candidate for teeth whitening, Dr. Strober will conduct an oral health exam prior to bleaching your teeth.
If you’d like to find out how whiter teeth can enhance your appearance, get in touch with us for an initial consultation! Call us at 619-299-5925 or fill out this contact form. Patients from around the San Diego area trust our office for optimal oral health and an unforgettable smile.