Almost as difficult to pry away from many modern Americans is red wine. Wine has been part of almost every culture throughout history, and is firmly routed in our modern day society as an integral element of religious traditions and celebrations. There have been many studies that have come out over recent years that have proven the health benefits of moderate wine consumption, including but not limited to a longer life, lowered risk of heart disease and stroke, and a lowered risk of colon cancer. Beyond this, many people take great joy in the consumption of wine with family and friends, and it is only becoming more popular with time. In fact, the U.S. is the largest wine-consuming nation in the world, with over 329 million cases of wine sold in 2013.
Notwithstanding, red wine also happens to be one of the very worst things for your mouth besides cigarettes. Just as wine spilled on a white tablecloth means getting a new tablecloth, the stains that wine leaves behind on your teeth are very difficult to reverse. It has the added drawbacks of being highly acidic, full of sugar, and any alcohol has a drying effect on the mouth’s oral tissues, which is why, after a night of drinking, you may notice having very unpleasant breath.
Unfortunately, unlike juices, coffee, or tea, drinking wine through a straw or vented lid is not really an option, as the shape of the glass the wine is sipped out of changes the taste of the wine, and to properly experience the flavor of a wine you are meant to let it rest on your tongue and savor it. This makes safeguarding the teeth and gums much more difficult.
My recommendation is to brush your teeth and rinse your mouth with whitening mouthwash about 30 minutes after consumption. Brushing immediately after consumption removes enamel crystals due to an etching effect. In any case, the mechanical value of brushing to remove some of the stain before it sets in, and rinsing to wash away the wine from the oral tissues will greatly reduce the harmful effects listed above.
-Beverly Hills Cosmetic Dentist Kourosh Maddahi
International Best Selling Author of The Hidden Epidemics
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