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8 Simple Tips on How to Avoid Wine Stains on Your Teeth

Red wine is rich on antioxidants and has a lot of health benefits. However, have you ever noticed that your teeth become darker after a glass of wine? Teeth discoloration is one of the most common reasons why people avoid drinking wine (except for medical restrictions). 

If you are not ready to sacrifice a glass of wine, you may want to know how to reduce the unpleasant effect of wine on your teeth. However, you shouldn’t stick to the teeth whitening procedure as the only way out. 

Moreover, if you think that you can replace red wine with wite, you should know that it isn’t much better. Some studies show that white wine can enhance dark stains left by other culprits (for example, coffee and tea). Acids in any kind of wine create rough spots and grooves that allow chemicals to penetrate deeper into the tooth. 

Despite the negative consequences, red wine is actually good for your teeth. It contains polyphenols that eliminate the number of bacteria that cause tooth decay. So, have a drink and follow these eight simple tips on how to avoid wine stains on your teeth.

1. Brush your teeth before drinking wine

If you know that you are going to have a glass or two of red wine, you can take care of your pearly whites beforehand. You simply need to brush your teeth before drinking wine. The reality is that wine tends to stick to the plaque on your teeth. No plaque, no stains!

2. Don’t brush your teeth right after drinking wine

As we mentioned earlier, acids in wine can weaken your tooth enamel. Bristles on your brush can scratch your teeth and increase their sensitivity. That’s why you shouldn’t brush your teeth for at least 30 minutes after drinking wine. 

3. Drink water after every sip of wine 

Water can wash away red wine from your mouth and prevents staining. Sparkling water is even more effective than plain because of its bubbles, but you can choose any. 

4. Eat hard cheese

While drinking wine, you can eat a piece of hard cheese or choose other foods that are high in fiber and low in acids. Wine and cheese just go together naturally, but there could be a reason. Cheese increases saliva flow, which sticks to enamel and balances the pH of your mouth. This mensa that your teeth are protected from aggressive acids in wine. Nuts, non-acidic fruits, and vegetables (even spinach) will have a similar effect.

5. Use a wet gauze to wipe off stains

Wipe your teeth with the help of wet gauze after drinking wine. Even if you prefer white wine, it is a good idea to do the same. Wet gauze can remove that stains and plaque from your teeth. 

6. Use a lime piece to remove stains

In order to quickly remove dark stains from your teeth, take a piece of lime from and rub it on your teeth and lips. Lime juice can make the wine stains disappear. However, it is not recommended to regularly use this tip. Lime and other citrus fruits contain a lot of acids that weaken the tooth enamel.

7. Chew gum

When you are all finished with your wine, chew a sugarless gum for 20 minutes. Chewing gum increases the saliva flow that washes away dark stains. An additional plus, your breath will smell much better.

8. Brush and floss your teeth before bedtime

Even if your evening with wine dragged on, you shouldn’t skip dental hygiene. However, it is essential to wait for at least 30 minutes after the last sip of wine before brushing and flossing. Otherwise, you can damage your enamel and make your teeth even more prone to staining.

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