Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 "Pale plonk packs an acidic punch!" says the BBC, Well, it does and it doesn't. Grapes are created to have all variations of acidity and the real killer of teeth is the time in which they are exposed to this acid. A typical wine drinker, swallows their wine down in seonds, whereas a taster swills the wine around their mouth and then spits it. In this time, the wine, Red or White can have a detrimental affect on the teeth. Loads of noise on twitter for the story on http://twitter.com/winewarecouk and http://twitter.com/thirstforwine.

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So what does White wine actually do to teeth?

It should be pointed out that the erosion of teeth by wine is the result of extensive wine use that would also lead to damaged liver and all sorts of other problems. The typical wine drinker who sips a glass of wine at dinner or with their evening meal should not be 'scared off' by the tooth decay headlines, remember 100 year old women in Italy swear that wine was the secret of their longevity.

White wine stains teeth:

I think that anyone who has drank a few glasses of Red would agree that, yes, it does. Have you though how this is? "Red wine, unlike white, contains a highly-pigmented substance known as chromogen,” explained Dr. “The acids in wine create rough spots and grooves that enable chemicals in other beverages that cause staining, such as coffee and tea, to penetrate deeper into the tooth" says Dr Wolff or the University College of Dentistry New York.

Notice that Dr Wolff said wine and not simply White wine, all wine has the ability to cause dental erosion, only Red wine has the added ability to show this on your teeth.

Can we halt tooth erosion?

1) Alkaline mouthwashes are highly recommended

2) Proper brushing of your teeth with a soft tooth brush is encouraged.

3) Add food to your wine enjoyment and you’ll find yourself with much better teeth.

4) To help minerals return to the molecular structure of the tooth after eating, leave around 30 mins before brushing.

5) Cheese can also help as it contains calcium in a high concentration

I hope this is helped a little towards taking away the fear factor of White wine.

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