Red wine teeth are not a pretty sight for sure and once the stains have settled, the color is very hard to get off. I experienced the same when I returned home from an office party. I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and noticed that the four glasses of red wine that I had in the party had turned my teeth into a burgundy red color. I brushed my teeth but the damage was already done. It was an embarrassing moment for me as I realized that everyone I had interacted with that night had noticed my wine stained teeth. Being a red wine lover, I wonder if I should drink beer at the office party or am I supposed to order vodka soda on dates or have a glass of white wine on a cold winter’s night.
According to New York City Cosmetic Dentist, Lauren Becker, the best way to avoid a red stained smile is to make sure that your teeth are plaque free. No matter what you eat, routine cleanings at your dentist office along with brushing and flossing with an electric toothbrush, twice a day are assured ways to keep your teeth sparkling. A primary advice for avoiding red stains is to make sure your teeth are clean before drinking red wine. The stains that you see after a glass of wine are actually the wine which sticks to plaque on the teeth. So make sure that you brush and floss beforehand. It is advised that you don’t brush your teeth too soon after drinking red wine, as this can cause the wine’s acid to penetrate the pores of your teeth and erode your enamel.
My love for red wine has made it my mission to find out best ways of keeping my teeth their utmost white while still enjoying my glass of wine when brushing before or after isn’t a possibility and they are as below:
Drink sparkling water
Drinking sparkling water between glasses of wine not only ensures keeping wine stains at bay. This can also help avoid a red-wine hangover.
Drink wine out of a straw
One of the least practical hacks is to drink wine out of a straw. Drinking with a straw can help limit a beverage’s contact with the teeth and can help reduce the risk of dental staining. While the idea of using a straw worked, it can be a little embarrassing drinking this way. This hack can be useful during a pregame with close friends or a night with a significant other.
Suck on a lime after drinking wine
The trick of sucking on a lime should be used very sparingly. Limes are very acidic and can erode away the outer enamel layer of your teeth and should be used only in case of emergency. Just rub it gently against your teeth and lips and watch the stains disappear. Instead you can pair up wine with cheese which actually helps to prevent stains. Cheese is even more beneficial than just keeping teeth white as it is high in calcium and calcium helps strengthen the teeth. It also helps in healing the pores of the tooth making it more difficult for the wine to stain your teeth because of its waxy consistency and acts as a defense barrier from the red wine staining.
Wine Teeth Wipes
Wine teeth wipes are convenient little magical wipes which come in a little pack which can be carried easily in your purse and are perfect for dating or special occasions. The components in wine wipes with a blend of stain-removing and teeth-protecting ingredients combine to provide a refreshing and gentle experience without interfering with the flavor of the wine. Keep in mind that these wipes can be a bit abrasive. Sometimes, a wet paper towel or cloth can also do the job.
Always remember to practice proper oral hygiene to maintain a healthy white smile. Brush twice a day and floss at least once a day to remove plaque and food remnants. Visit the doctor for regular check-ups and cleanings.