Holidays are just around the cornet and that means family gatherings with huge feasts and adult beverages such as wine! Lets face it, we all are obsessed with beautifully white teeth during the holiday season. But that doesn’t stop us from indulging in our morning coffee or the occasional glass or two of vino – both of which are known to spoil all of our whitening efforts. At Streamwood Family Dentistry, we pride our-selves in creating healthy smiles for our patients in a safe and predictable way. So, lets talk about how serious is this staining, and what can we do about it?
When it comes to wine, both red and white can stain teeth. All wine contain acid, which can roughen our tooth enamel and leave it prone to staining from the pigments in wine. Red wine produces a more immediate and noticeable result.
Another factor playing a significant role in teeth staining is plaque. Plaque buildup on your teeth can also absorb the color-containing compounds present in wine. The better you brush and floss on a daily basis, the less you’ll experience this type of staining. Good home care with brushing twice daily and flossing regularly is always going to prevent staining along with other dental problems.
For those that really can’t give up wine; we’re sure you’re wondering if tooth staining from wine is permanent? In most cases, no. A consistent routine of proper brushing and flossing will help your tooth enamel strengthen and prevent further staining or tooth decay.
You can also keep discoloration away by:
- Enjoying some cheese with that wine (duh!). Experts recommend eating cheese, as it coats your teeth with a thin layer of wax that prevents wine from coming in as much contact with your enamel. Plus, cheese helps remineralize your enamel.
- Munching on fresh veggies like carrots or celery. Crunchy veggies can help brush away debris left on teeth, and the production of saliva during chewing helps clean your teeth too.
- Keeping a glass of still or sparkling water nearby to occasionally sip while enjoying your glass of wine.
- Limiting your alcohol intake. The more your teeth interact with the acid and pigments in wine, the more staining or other effects you’ll experience. If you have trouble limiting your intake, it is important to seek help, as this may be an indication of an alcohol addiction.
- Waiting at least 30 minutes to brush your teeth. While it may be tempting to brush the stains away immediately, the soft nature of your enamel after drinking can cause unwanted abrasion.
Finally, make sure to keep up with your routine dental visits by visiting your friendly Streamwood Dental team to clean your teeth, get an inside look with dental x-rays, and keep your mouth in tip-top shape for a great holiday season and onward.
As always, feel free to call us at (847)740-0219 or visit our website at www.StreamwoodFamilyDentistry.com for more information or to schedule your next appointment.