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5 Myths About Wine’s Effect on Teeth

While the holiday season is full of cheer, fireplaces, food, and holiday drinks, Dr. Peabody wants you to know about these 5 myths about wines effect on teeth that you may not have known.

1) Red Wines do more damage to your teeth than whitesMini Implant (2)

False. Whites, such as Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio, wear away enamel more quickly than red wines such as Merlot and claret. Prolonged contact with white wine erodes the protective layer – making teeth more sensitive to cold, hot and sweet food. Though red wines leave unsightly stains on your teeth, the damage caused by white wines is less well known.

2) Champagne is NOT bad for your teeth

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False. Artificially carbonated drinks of any kind also pose a threat because manufacturers pump them full of carbonic acid to produce bubbles, which helps soften teeth further. Fruit ciders are often artificially carbonated, so steer clear. Even fizzy water, harmless though it may seem, is very acidic. For this reason, it is always better to choose any kind of flat drink over bubbles. As a rule, white wine is more acidic than red, though neither is great for teeth.

Mini Implant (5)3) Drinking ice with my wine is better for my teeth

True. By adding ice to your wine, a commonly looked down upon practice, the wine itself begins to dilute and the sugars in the drink are less likely to cling to your teeth for a prolonged amount of time.

4) Drinking white wine before red will prevent stained teeth

False. Avoid this at all costs—mainly because the acidity of white wine erodes your enamel and basically acts as a primer, making the red wine tannins “stick” to your teeth more. The white wine acts like the glue and the wallpaper is the red wine.

5) Red Wines prevent tooth Decay

False. In November 2009, a study published in the Journal of Food Chemistry falsely claimed that red wine will prevent tooth decay. Red wine prevents tooth decay as much as white sugar prevents tooth decay. Scientists (of course from Italy) conclude that red wine prevents tooth decay by looking at how red wine affects Streptococcus mutans in a petri dish. When red wine was added to an experiment where bacteria were sticking to fake teeth, the bacteria Streptococcus mutans stopped sticking. Therefore the scientist wrongly concluded that red wine stops cavities.

If you are in the Santa Cruz, Aptos, or Watsonville areas and have already fallen victim to stained teeth, make sure to contact Dr. Peabody about his options for teeth cleaning and teeth whitening.

Dr. Guy Peabody, DDS

620 Frederick Street
Santa Cruz CA 5062
(831) 457-0343

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