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White Wine Accused of Staining Tooth Enamel

By April 5, 2009

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If you are in the process of whitening your teeth or have done so in the past, chances are your dentist has advised you to alter your diet to prevent re-staining the enamel by selecting clear beverages and foods with minimal pigment, during this vulnerable stage in the bleaching process. If you are a red wine connoisseur, selecting a white vino would be a safe alternative to your preferred Merlot; right? Regretfully, this alternative may actually cause the enamel to pick-up stain, according to a new study conducted by the New York University College of Dentistry. The findings reveal that white wine contains acids that etch the tooth's enamel creating ridges and rough spots that assist in the adhesion of pigment. In fact, according to this press release, the study has also determined that red wine is by far the beverage that people whitening their teeth should fear most when comparing one stain causing beverages to another, as it contains a highly pigmented substance called chromogen.

If forgoing wine of any creed is out of the question during your whitening sessions, it might me worth considering brushing your teeth immediately after consumption, or rinsing with water or your preferred mouth rinse. If you are in a situation where brushing your teeth is a "faux pas" sip water along with your wine to dilute any stain causing pigments and to flush away any acids eroding the surface of your tooth. Contrary to popular belief Dr. Mark Wolff, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Cariology & Comprehensive Care at New York University College of Dentistry, who oversaw the study, suggests that you really do not need to alter your consumption, claiming "The best way to prevent staining caused by wine, as well as other beverages, is to use a toothpaste containing a whitening agent.”

April 6, 2009 at 3:10 am
(1) Facedental says:

Desde España queremos daros la enhobuena.
El vino blanco de España es buenísimo. Esperemos que no nos estropee los dientes.


April 16, 2009 at 6:56 pm
(2) Liber says:

I’ve quoted you and linked to your post here:

Wine Stains Teeth?

June 27, 2010 at 6:26 pm
(3) Toronto Dentist in Etobicoke says:

White wine is on my list of acidic foods and beverages to avoid that I share with patients.

Other sneaky ones are lemon iced-tea, sports drinks and even some herbal teas.

Joe Bulger DDS
Visit my dental blog – Toronto Dentist Smile Blog

August 27, 2010 at 5:28 pm
(4) Toronto Dentist Etobicoke says:

Shawn, I’m not a big fan of using whitening in toothpastes. That delivery style tends to keep the pours in the teeth open and sensitive. It basically perpetuates the sensitivity caused by whitening. Not good!

Joe :D

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