Many foods and beverages stain your teeth. Consuming coffee, tea, and dark berries all contribute to stained teeth, but the most common culprit is red wine. Wine-stained teeth can make you want to hide your smile in social situations, which makes you feel self-conscious. But there are a few tips you can follow to minimize the staining caused by red wine.
How Red Wine Stains Your Teeth
Red wines etch small crevices into teeth, which is the reason for the staining. It also contains tannins, which are responsible for the taste and color of the wine, or in other words the stain makers.
However, there are several things that you can do minimize the staining that results from drinking your favorite Merlot:
- If you know you will be drinking red wine, brush your teeth beforehand. When you brush and floss before you imbibe, you clear away plaque that has built up on the surface of your teeth. This “clean slate” can keep red pigmentation from the wine at bay.
- When drinking red wine, pair it with a glass of sparkling water, or drink a glass of sparkling water in between glasses of wine. The carbonation acts like little sponges and lightly scrubs away the pigmentation that red wine leaves behind.
- Choose higher fiber foods while drinking red wine. The fiber in foods like spinach salad or quinoa scrubs away the pigmentation that could settle on your teeth as a stain.
- Cheese is also another good food to pair with red wine. Not only is it a delicious match, but the calcium in the cheese can help rebuild the calcium in your teeth. The calcium can also fill in the etches that the wine creates.
We hope you find these tips to be useful. After all, if a glass of wine now and then is something you enjoy, there’s no need to stop just because you worry about teeth staining.
Please Call Us for An Appointment
If your teeth are stained or just not as bright as you would like them to be, please call our 85022 dental office. Top dentist Dr. Chad Hines will start by recommending a thorough dental cleaning with one of our skilled hygienists. A professional cleaning ensures that your teeth are as clean as can be and that your gums are healthy.
When your teeth are as clean as they can be, we can recommend a professional teeth whitening treatment. We also offer professional take-home whitening kits to provide you with a bright, white smile that improves your appearance and helps you feel great!
If you would like to enjoy the benefits of a healthier, more attractive smile, please give us a call to arrange an appointment!