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Drinking Wine, What Effects On Dental Health?

Wine is said to hurt dental health. So, is there a way to enjoy wine without worrying about the condition of your teeth and mouth? You may be offered wine at a dinner at a luxury hotel. Although very interested, you are still reluctant to consume it. The reason is, wine is often regarded as the root cause of dental health problems. The question is, is it true that wine stored in best wine storage temperature can affect tooth decay? If so, what are the impacts of drinking wine on dental and oral health?

First of all, you need to know that there are several types of wine, namely red wine, white wine, and rose wine. The difference lies in the characteristics of taste and color. In addition, each type of wine has a different effect on dental health. White wine has the potential to cause yellow stains on teeth. The risk of yellow stains on teeth can be higher if you drink tea after white wine. Tea contains chromogens that cause teeth to change color. Meanwhile, the tannins in white wine can bind to chromogens. The combination of the two can exacerbate tooth discoloration while increasing the risk of tooth surface erosion. In addition, the acid contained in white wine can also slowly erode tooth enamel. This makes the underlying layer (dentin) more visible and makes the tooth yellow.

Red wine is rich in tannins, which are produced from the fermentation process of grape skins. The darker the color of the red wine, the higher the content of tannins – which are antioxidants – in it. The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry states, the antioxidant content in red wine can prevent plaque-causing bacteria from sticking to teeth. In addition, the antioxidants in red wine are also thought to prevent Streptococcus bacteria from sticking to the gums. The character of rose wine is in between red wine and white wine. The color is not as red as red wine, because during the manufacturing process the wine is not left to soak for long with the skin. Rose wine contains lower tannins. Therefore, the potential for rose wine to cause yellow stains on teeth is lower than white wine and red wine.

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