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A Toast to the Holidays and Your Teeth: Avoid Wine Stains on Your Pearly Whites

November 30, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Stutman's Office @ 11:09 am
Friends drinking wine for the holidays before their teeth whitening

The hearth is crackling with a fire, the decorations are all set, and the mulled wine has been warmed. It’s a perfect holiday setting for spending time with friends and family while enjoying a special treat. However, if you’re trying to avoid going back to your dentist after teeth whitening treatments, you may need some help.

If you want to learn how to keep your teeth as white as snow while enjoying your holiday wine, continue reading. You’ll find several strategies to do just that!

1. Sip Water with Wine

Before delving into the red wine revelry, make sure to set out some drinking water for everyone. This not only benefits your overall oral health but also helps minimize the staining effects of red wine on your teeth. Sipping water between wine servings can prevent the wine from lingering on your enamel which is how it sticks around.

2. Switch to White Wine

While it’s still just as bad for your teeth, white wine has considerably fewer of the compounds that cause tooth staining. The dark pigmentation of red wine is caused by two different staining agents: tannins, and naturally occurring dyes called chromogens. Together, these chemicals penetrate tooth enamel with the help of acid and settle into the pores of your teeth.

3. Use a Straw

Straws are a good strategy to avoid direct contact with your snowy whites. The less time the wine sits against your enamel, the fewer compounds that have a chance to stain. For added fun, get some festive straws to dress up your drinks.

4. Eat Some Cheese

Cheese isn’t just a delightful addition to your charcuterie board; it’s also a stain guard when enjoying red wine. Cheese helps neutralize acids in the wine and forms a wax-like layer on your teeth, reducing the risk of stains.

5. Brush Before You Indulge

It may seem counter-intuitive but brushing your teeth at least 30 minutes before drinking can seal off your teeth. This works by filling the microscopic pores in your tooth enamel so the staining chemicals can’t get in.

Wine pairs well with heavy holiday food and can provide warmth and relaxation to tell stories and enjoy good vibes. Using these strategies ensures that your teeth stay merry and bright, even as you rein in the new year with your loved ones. Consider going to your dentist once the holidays are over to get a professional cleaning, you might need it after the season ends.

About the Practice

Dr. Dory Stutman and Dr. Khalida Stutman are the heart of the dental team at South Shore Dental Care. They use their extensive combined knowledge to create customized treatment plans to exceed your smile goals. With advanced dental technology and techniques, they provide care that’s fast and affordable. Whether it’s teeth whitening treatments or a full smile makeover, you’re in good hands. To schedule an appointment, call (516) 798-3808 or visit the website to learn more.

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