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Frequent Wine Tasting Might Harm Tooth Enamel

April 10, 2015

A new study in Australian Dental Journal found that just 10 one-minute wine tasting sessions can significantly soften teeth enamel. And while you may not be tasting wine so much as sipping it, all it takes is a few minutes of repeated exposure to cause harm.

Frequent Wine Tasting Might Harm Tooth Enamel

Frequent Wine Tasting May Harm Tooth Enamel. Photo courtesy Flickr user https://www.flickr.com/photos/capeanncrunch/

Frequent Wine Tasting May Harm Tooth Enamel. Photo courtesy Flickr user https://www.flickr.com/photos/capeanncrunch/

To protect your teeth, order non-sparkling water or cheese alongside your wine. When you finish a glass of the latter, swish with the former to rinse away any acids clinging to your teeth. Some sparkling types are more acidic, which can worsen damage. Cheese is alkaline, so it can neutralize the acids in wine, preventing them from eating away at your enamel.

Avoid brushing immediately after drinking acidic beverages like wine or orange juice. This will just work the acid deeper into your teeth, accelerating the damage.

Finally, if you’re really worried about the state of your teeth, consider asking your dentist at Farhoumand Dental for a prescription-state fluoride toothpaste or rinse. This will help re-harden weakened enamel and can ward of future damage.