Ever notice purple-tinged teeth after drinking red wine? You know how unattractive these stains make your smile!
The outer layer of the teeth or enamel consists of a lot of microscopic pores. Pigments in wine, called chromogens, stick on the porous surface of teeth. They start as a deep intense hue and leave their marks on teeth just after a few sips. Not only wine, but coffee can also leave stains on teeth. But don’t worry, there are ways to keep your pearly whites:
The best ways to get rid of red wine stains is to have regular dental checkups and cleaning/scaling done. If stains remain persistent, consider in-office bleaching or whitening.
But there are DIY tips to reduce wine stains on teeth before your next visit to our Summerville dental practice:
BRUSHING BEFORE THE DRINK:
Make sure your teeth are clean and brushed well before you sip wine. Cleaner teeth are less vulnerable to stains. Brushing dislocates bacteria and disperses them. Brushing also removes plaque from teeth, which means there would not be a biofilm onto which these chromogens can cling.
DO NOT BRUSH AFTER THE DRINK:
It is strongly advised that you don’t brush right after drinking wine. This is recommended because wine has acidic pH, which means there are high chances that you abrade the useful enamel of your teeth. Instead, wait for half an hour before brushing teeth after red wine intake.
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER:
Water not only keeps you hydrated; it flushes out toxins from your body. But it also cleans around your teeth. Swishing and gargling with water after every glass to remove the acidic effect of the red wine gets the staining effect of the wine drastically minimized.
The proteins found in cheese have been found to form a protective layer on teeth, like a shield. Therefore, nibbling on a piece of brie before taking a sip of red wine will protect your teeth in the longer run.
EAT THE GREENS:
When ordering red wine, order a side with greens and vegetables. These contain a lot of fiber, which is known to clean away the red wine stains. Munching on the greens causes more saliva production, another plus point in the removal of red wine stains. Therefore, have veggies as your side.
REFRAIN FROM ACIDIC WINES:
One of the easiest ways to get rid of wine stains is to stay away from those which are known to have high and acidic pH. The higher the acidity, the more likely is the stripping of enamel and therefore, the purple stains.
USE OF ENAMEL STRENGTHENING DENTIFRICES:
Sometimes, enamel-strengthening toothpaste like Sensodyne Pronamel works wonders in removing red wine stains. This, in combination with an enamel-fortifying mouthwash, can help reduce the red wine stains efficiently.
Some companies suggest Wine Stain Removing Wipes, which are used immediately after drinking red wine, for they are effective only if used promptly.
Carrying a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste doesn’t hurt either!