Readers ask, we answer:
Is red wine bad for my teeth?
What we know for sure is that red wine is acidic, so it can wear down your tooth enamel — causing sensitivity and increasing your risk of tooth decay. The tannins in red wine can also trigger headaches and stain your teeth a shade of purple. While a single glass of wine may create a temporary stain that can be brushed or rinsed off, drinking more frequently may lead to a more long-term change in tooth color. Here are some tips for enjoying red wine and still maintaining a healthy smile.
Tips for sipping
Ways to avoid harming your smile
There are some products out there that proponents claim remove stains from your teeth. What you don’t hear is how harmful they can be for your teeth. Be on the lookout for hacks that seem too good to be true, like:
Swiping limes on your teeth to dissolve stains. There’s a myth floating around the internet claiming that rubbing limes on your teeth will help remove stains. Don’t fall for it! Limes are very acidic and can actually increase the potential for tooth erosion and decay.
If you remember to brush and floss regularly and sip in moderation, drinking a glass or two of red wine after a long day of work can be safe for your teeth. Just kick back, relax and enjoy!