White Wine Could Damage Your Teeth More Than Red

Posted By Ben Goulding, 22 October, 2009 | permalink

white wineResearchers from the Johannes Gutenberg University, Germany, have found that white wine could damage your teeth more than red wine.

They found that years of exposure to white wine could take its toll on the enamel on your teeth due to it’s acidic punch, which erodes enamel far more than reds.

In the lab, adult teeth soaked in white wine for a day had a loss of both calcium and another mineral called phosphorus to depths of up to 60 micrometers in the enamel surface, which the researchers say is significant.

Riesling wines tended to have the greatest impact, having the lowest pH.

A “kinder” tooth choice would be a rich red like a Rioja or a Pinot noir, the Johannes Gutenberg University team found.

So there we have it. If you want to protect those pearly-whites, it may be better to opt for the red wine. Professor Damien Walmsley of the British Dental Association suggests, if you’re going to have a glass of wine, do so with your meal and leave a break of at least 30 minutes afterwards before you brush your teeth and go to bed.

Alternatively, eat cheese with your wine, as the calcium it contains will help counter the effects. Carry round a block in your pocket if you’re going out.


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