Detrimental effects of white wine on your teeth


Wine reminds me of France, as it is said that French has world’s finest wine.  Wine has a rich history dating back to around 6000 BC and you will be surprised that it is thought to have originated in areas now within the borders of Georgia and Iran.  Wine is an alcoholic beverage which is produced from fermentation of grape juice.  There is some bad news for connoisseur of white wine.  Some recent studies show that white wine is not good for your teeth.  Frequent consumption of white wine can damage teeth or cause tooth stains.


How does white wine damage your teeth?

The acidity or the pH of alcohol in white wine can erode enamel far more than red wine as per the report from Nutrition Research.  White wine attacks the calcium in teeth.  A lab test was conducted, in which, adult teeth was soaked in white wine for one day.  It was observed that teeth lost calcium and phosphorous up to depth of 69 micrometers in the enamel surface. 



wine-and-toothDo all wines have same detrimental effect?

It was found that Riesling wines, which had lowest pH, seemed to have the greatest impact. A milder tooth choice would be a rich red like a Rioja or a Pinot noir, the Johannes Gutenberg University team found.


Professor Damien Walmsley, of the British Dental Association, said: “The ability of acidic foods and drinks to erode tooth enamel is well understood, and white wine is recognized as being more erosive than red.


cheese-with-wineHow can you increase or decrease effect of white wine?

It was interesting to read that eating cheese in form of dessert of along with drinking wine can have beneficial effects.  Cheese is rich in calcium, which helps to neutralize and remineralize your saliva and hence mitigating acid attack of wine.


On contrary, if you eat fruits like strawberries while enjoying your sparkling whites wine, it could further enhance the loss of calcium from your tooth.  This is because fruits like strawberry have acid fruit juice that will adds...

to the acid attack of wine.


brushingteethWill brushing your teeth help this problem?

Brita Willershausen and her colleagues say that even if you brush your teeth after a night of drinking, over the years repeated exposure could take can significant damage to your teeth. In fact, excessive brushing might make matters worse and lead to further loss of enamel.


wine-and-toothAre there any other detrimental effects to teeth by white wine or other wines?

Researchers from the New York University College of Dentistry found that white wine can supplement other beverages, such as coffee and tea, and leave tints or more stains on your teeth.  Dental scientist soaked cow’s teeth in white wine, red wine or water for an hour and then immersed them in tea. It was observed that teeth soaked in white wine prior to immersing in tea, exhibited darker stains than the teeth that were immersed in water.


Mark Wolff, DDS, PhD, professor and chairman of the department of cardiology and comprehensive care at NYU’s College of Dentistry said that “Dipping teeth in white wine for one hour is similar to the effect of sipping the wine with dinner”.  Again acidity or pH in white wine was responsible for creation of rough spots and groove that causes tea or coffee to penetrate deeper into the tooth and hence cause more staining.  Red wine also has similar effect of staining on teeth.  In fact, red wine cause even more staining as told by Wolff “Red wine, unlike white, contains a highly pigmented substance known as chromagen”. Tea also contains chromagens.


It is said, older the wine, finer its quality.  The studies show that more exposure to white wine, worse is the degradation of your teeth.  I would say in the end that to protect your teeth, eat substances like cheese that can reduce acidity level in your mouth.


Healthy drinking!



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