Wine Stains on Teeth: How to Remove and Why they Form
Americans drink over 950 million gallons of wine every single year, with the average consumer quaffing around 3 gallons each. Wine accounts for between 15% and 20% of total alcohol sales in the US and a significant portion of this is red wine, which has been linked with a host of health benefits thanks to its high concentration of flavonols and resveratrol.
In moderation, red wine could indeed be a healthy drink, helping to alleviate stress and to reduce the risk of some chronic diseases, but it can also stain your teeth. If you’ve spent a lot of money on dental work, or you care about oral hygiene and the aesthetics of your smile, this is very off-putting.
However, there are ways to remove those wine stains from your teeth and bring back your natural, pearly-white luster.
How Does Wine Stain Teeth?
We often think of tooth enamel as a perfectly flat, impenetrable surface, but this is simply not the case. Enamel is porous, and if you whip out a microscope you’d see lots of little holes, in addition to small cracks and irregularities that have formed over time.
Wine contains powerful pigments that can stain anything it comes into contact with (you will have experienced this firsthand if you’ve ever spilled wine on carpet) and every time you take a sip that wine can leech into your enamel and begin to do what it does best. Wine is also very acidic, and this acidity can gradually erode the enamel surface of your teeth, creating even more holes and cracks.
How to Get Rid of Wine Stains
There are a number of ways that you can reduce the damage caused by red wine, but there are many factors at play here and these methods will not be effective all of the time or in all cases. However, the Snow Teeth Whitening Kit will remove those stains every time without fail, and if you keep your kit on hand then you can enjoy this tipple freely knowing that every time it leaves its mark you can simply reset and bring back those pearly whites.
Snow gently bleaches the surface of the enamel and the dentin, which is the inner surface of the tooth. If you’ve ever tried to use tooth whitening toothpaste to brush away wine, coffee or cigarette stains, then you’ll know that no amount of brushing is effective. That’s because the worst stains occur underneath the enamel, in a place that those acidic compounds can reach but your toothbrush cannot.
Our unique formula is designed to provide a complete whitening solution for all ages and all types of teeth. It will work whether you’ve been drinking red wine all of your life and have some seriously ingrained discoloration, or you’ve enjoyed a few glasses and simply want to restore that lost luster.
How to Prevent Wine Stains
You can use Snow after the stains develop. It will remove those stains and any other stains, as well as the natural discoloration that occurs as a result of the aging process. But if you’re keen to keep that bright smile at all times and don’t want those stains to return, then try these following tips:
Not only can red wine leech underneath the surface of your tooth, but its strong pigments can also cling to dental plaque and cause even more noticeable and immediate discoloration.
Dental plaque is a film of sticky bacteria that forms over the course of the day and sticks to your teeth. You can remove it with regular brushing and flossing, and if you do this prior to drinking red wine and ensure that your teeth are smooth and clean, then there is less plaque for those pigments to cling to.
There is also something known as “tartar”, which is basically a deeply ingrained plaque that has formed over time. If you have a significant build-up of this brownish bacteria then red wine stains may be more noticeable. This can be scraped away by your dentist, after which a good clean and teeth whitening will turn that faded smile white again.
Eat While you Drink
If you eat while you drink then you can limit the damage done by the red wine, but it all depends on what you eat.
Noshing on a little cheese, for instance, will help to reduce the acidity in your mouth while stimulating saliva flow. This, in turn, will create a barrier, making it harder for the red wine to do damage. Eating cheese after an acidic meal or drink is actually recommended by countless dentists, and the acidity of your mouth, in addition to the rate of saliva production, can play a huge role in the formation of plaque and stains.
If you can’t eat cheese, then opt for something that requires a lot of chewing and is low in sugar—basically anything that won’t get stuck in your teeth, isn’t highly acidic and doesn’t contain much added sugar. Sticks of celery or carrots are ideal for this, so if you’re at a party just look for the hors d’oeuvres.
Rinse Your Mouth Out
There is a fabled “hangover cure” that recommends drinking a glass of water for every glass of wine, beer, or spirit that you drink. The reasoning behind this is that most hangover symptoms are caused by dehydration and by staying properly hydrated throughout the night you won’t wake up dehydrated in the morning.
Unfortunately, like most hangover cures, there’s very little truth to this. However, while having a glass of water on standby won’t do much for your headache the next day, it will help to reduce enamel stains on the night and could also stop them from building up over time.
Simply take a mouthful of water and swish it around your mouth for 10 or 20 seconds. Do this after every glass of wine and the water will help to wash away the color pigments that have stuck to your teeth while also neutralizing the acidity in your mouth.
If you’re not keen on the idea of rinsing your mouth out with water in the middle of a busy bar, simply take a few sips, let it linger in your mouth, and swallow.