White White Is Bad For Your Teeth


This article from BBC News describes the negative affects of white wine on your teeth and how to minimize them. White wine affects your teeth more than red wine (even through red wine dyes your lips, tongue and teeth!). The origin, vintage or alcohol content is not what affects your teeth, but the pH and duration of contact with your chompers.

To minimize the pH affects, try eating cheese at the same time. Cheese is rich in calcium which is good for teeth and what the acid targets in the teeth.

“In the lab, adult teeth soaked in white wine for a day had a loss of both calcium and another mineral called phosphorus to depths of up to 60 micrometers in the enamel surface, which the researchers say is significant.”

What wines are the worst offenders? Riesling wines tended to have the greatest impact, having the lowest pH. What to choose? A rich red like a Rioja or a Pinot noir…Mmmm I love big reds!

But don’t think that brushing right away will save you white-wine-no-cheese people. Excessive brushing might make matters worse and lead to further loss of enamel. So maybe having a mini-wine and cheese tasting is the way to go. This combo helps neutralise the acid and boost the remineralising power of saliva to halt the acid attack.

Avoid eating strawberries or other fruit (and it’s juices) as this adds to the acid attack. So in conclusion: have red, or have white with cheese and wait 30min to brush!


October 21, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Interesting Articles.

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