You won’t find many people with anything bad to say about red wine. It’s delicious whether by itself or with a meal, and it even offers plenty of health benefits! If pressed, one concern people might have is with red wine’s tendency to stain the teeth. This is a very real concern. Red wine might be good for the body, but it contains quite dark tannins and is one of the leading culprits of dark, dingy teeth.
You can always have your teeth whitened to get them pearly white once again, but you should follow these four tips to minimize staining in the meantime.
1. Pick Lighter Reds
This one’s easy. The darker the wine, the more staining tannins it contains. If you want a glass of red with your meal and aren’t too bothered by the type, err on the side of caution and pick a lighter vintage. You don’t need to do this all the time, but it’s a nice way to cut down on the tannins hitting your teeth.
2. Stick with Red Throughout the Evening
It’s a common mistake to start with white and then only take a glass of red towards the end of the evening. After all, this seems like a natural step to help prevent staining. The problem is that white wine, while not as adept at staining on its own, is more acidic than red wine. When you drink something acidic, tooth enamel is slightly eroded, making teeth more porous and therefore more vulnerable to staining.
3. Try Not to Savour
Wine aficionados may scoff, but try minimizing the amount of contact between your teeth and your red wine. You don’t have to take it like a shot, but you should at least avoid keeping it in the mouth too long for circulation. While this might unleash the deepest scents and flavours, it also gives those pesky tannins greater opportunity to stain your teeth.
4. Combine with Cheese or Water
Red wine goes wonderfully with cheese. Taking them together can actually reduce staining. Cheese helps calcium build up on your teeth, which closes the pores and makes it harder for staining agents to penetrate your enamel. Hard cheeses are best. If you’re not much for cheese, try sipping water instead.
Originally posted 2018-05-25 22:10:16. Republished by Blog Post Promoter