How to Avoid (and Reverse) Wine Teeth

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7 Ways to Avoid Wine Teeth

Red-wine-stained teeth is both a short-term and long-term issue. Drinking red wine will often turn your teeth a purple color during the short term. But the long-term effects could permanently stain your teeth. 

This isn’t just wine’s fault either, many foods cause permanent damage to teeth. 

However, wine teeth or wine mouth is often an issue for red wine drinkers. Keep reading for 7 ways to avoid the onset of wine teeth as well as some ways to reverse the damage done by red wine already. 

red wine being poured into glass

How do Wine Teeth Happen?

It’s all based on the property of the red wine itself. Anthocyanins are a naturally occurring red pigment found in wine grapes. This pigment is also in the wine you’re drinking, which is one of the reasons why your teeth get stained a purple color. 

Another reason this happen is because of the wine’s acidity. Red wine is not as acidic as white wine, but there is still some present. This acidity breaks down the enamel (the white part) of your teeth, and exposes the yellowish parts of your teeth. 

But, there is no need to worry. We have some ways to help avoid wine teeth before, during, and after consuming your favorite red wine. 

How to Avoid Wine Teeth

Here are some ways to help stop the short-term effects. 

1. Brushing Your Teeth

We hope you do this no matter what. However, a good rule of thumb is to brush your teeth 30 min BEFORE you start to drink red wine. 

Throughout the day, plaque can build up on your teeth. The plaque can cause the wine to “stick” to your teeth. This will mean the teeth are in contact with the wine for longer. Which can lead to deeper stains on the teeth. 

Note: Do not brush your teeth RIGHT after drinking wine. Wine is acidic, which can cause enamel to be removed from your teeth. Toothpaste is also acidic and may do more bad than good. Instead wait around 30 min after drinking wine to brush your teeth. 

2. Drink Water

Having a glass of water between glasses of wine can help in more ways than one!

Having a glass of water can help suppress wine headaches, but they can also help with wine teeth. Drinking a glass of water or simply swirling it around in your mouth can clean out some of the acidity from the wine. 

The water also helps with saliva production, which cleanses your mouth of the wine as well. You can use regular water or sparkling water – whichever you prefer!

wine teeth - glass of wine and cheese on a wooden table

3. Add in Some Food

Wine and cheese already go together great! But did you know that eating cheese with your wine can help prevent wine teeth? 

Eating while enjoying a nice glass of red vino is great at preventing wine teeth stains. While you eat your mouth will naturally produce saliva. The saliva will break down the wine in your mouth.

This means that there will be less time for wine to stain since there would be that constant saliva production. 

4. Wine Wipes

A super simple solution to short term wine teeth is using wine wipes

These wipes help remove red wine stains from your teeth right away. They have a fresh taste and can help get rid of the first onset of stains. 

They are also great for those who are on the go. Just slip a couple of them into your bag and you’re ready to rock!

Ways to Get Rid of Wine Teeth

What about if you have stains already set on your teeth? No matter how much you’ve tried to whiten your teeth, nothing seems to work.

Note: Do not do these methods more than 3 times a week. Overuse of these methods may erode your tooth enamel. 

baking soda and tooth brush on wooden table - wine teeth

5. Baking Soda

Baking soda has great natural whitening properties! You’ll need 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 2 teaspoons of water. Mix this together and then brush your teeth with the paste. 

You can do this a couple of times a week to help remove those stubborn teeth stains as well as remove any new ones that may have come up. 

Maybe you don’t want to brush with just baking soda – try a toothpaste with baking soda. These are just like normal toothpaste but are often better at whitening teeth. 

6. Hydrogen Peroxide

Similar to baking soda, hydrogen peroxide has great whitening capabilities. 

There are a couple of ways you can do this. The first one is you can try switching the hydrogen peroxide in your mouth like mouthwash BEFORE you brush your teeth.

Another way to use hydrogen peroxide would be to make a paste with baking soda. You’ll need 2 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Then gently brush the mixture onto your teeth. 

Make sure the hydrogen peroxide you are using is 1.5% or 3%. 

7. Dental Visits

Leave it to the professionals! Dentists have the tools and knowledge to help remove those stuck on wine teeth stains. 

What About White Wine?

If red wine stains your teeth, then does white wine remove the stains?

While we really do wish this was the case – it isn’t. White wine may not cause stains, but it can play a part. 

White wine is very acidic. This acidity from the white vino can remove the shiny white part of your teeth – enamel. When the enamel has been eroded away, what is left is the yellowish more sensitive parts of your teeth. 

So Should I Stop Drinking Wine?

NO! Do not stop enjoying a nice glass or two of wine! 

There are many different foods and drinks that cause teeth stains that it isn’t worth removing one from your diet. 

Just keep these tips and tricks in mind!

woman drinking red wine

In Vino Finito

Do you have any tricks to remove teeth stains? Let us know in the comments!

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Our staff is full of passionate wine lovers. With our amazing sommeliers at the helm, we’ve been schooled on all things wine. We came together to write this article, in hopes of spreading a little wine-ducation with you.

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  1. More on Wine Wipes if you please and why they work? Btw seems you got an awful lot of barriers here just to post a lousy little comment. It’s a real buzzkill if you knw what I mean and takes the joy out of communicating over this lousy medium, eh?

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