I have been inundated by questions about an article that recently appeared in the paper that claimed that white white rots teeth. Everyone has accepted that red wine is not good and it is especially associated with staining. However ALL wine does have a negative impact on teeth because of their acidity. In this particular test,researchers from Germany soaked teeth in different wines for up to 24hours. White wines were found to cause the most loss of enamel and this confirmed that frequent consumption of white wine does lead to dental erosion
So what to do? With all acidic food and drinks, the same principles apply
1. Don’t take excess
2. Frequency v/s quantity. Consuming the acidic food in small quantities over a whole day for example is worse than eating everything in one go. This same principle apples to eating sugary things because the bacteria in your mouth converts the sugar to acid
3. Rinse with a fluoride mouthwash to neutralise the effect, if none availabe even rinsing with water helps.
4. Follow with an alkaline food eg Cheese to neutralise the effect of the acid
5. DO NOT brush your teeth immediately after. This is a common myth but the worst thing to do! The acid softens the enamel of your teeth and you would in effect be brushing away your enamel. Chew sugar free gum for 10mins instead. This produces saliva which helps stabilise your enamel