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White Wine Damages Tooth Enamel More Than Red Wine

Lay Off the White Wine For Your Teeth

Red wine may be good for your heart, but it looks like white wine is bad for your teeth. It's not the alcohol in the wine that wears away tooth enamel, but the acidity of the wine. Sweet as it may be, Riesling rates lowest on the pH scale, meaning it's most acidic, and therefore worst for your teeth. However, pairing white wine with cheese may help counter the destructive effect. The calcium in the cheese helps neutralize your saliva and halts the acid's assault on your dental enamel. If you're looking to sip tooth-friendly wine, opt for a Rioja or Pinot Noir. But do note, red wine can stain teeth.

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Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
This bums me out. I love wine and I love white wine even more (red wine makes me so sleepy). I try to take good care of my teeth but I should probably cut down!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Yeah, I don't really drink wine, so I'm not too worried about tooth stains.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
I agree with the comments above. This reminds me of that anti-artificial sweetener study where they fed rats like three times their body weight in sweetener and then determined that the sweetener caused cancer.
annapt annapt 7 years
I agree with Yogaforlife, I think you'd have to drink a lot of white wine before I have to start worrying about my teeth enamel rotting. Also, that study quoted had teeth soaking in white wine for a day. If my teeth were soaking in white wine, I have bigger problems...
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
The few times a year I actually have a glass of wine, it's Riesling. The only thing that doesn't give me migraines. I doubt I drink it enough for it to ruin my enamel.
SLH04 SLH04 7 years
Wow, you can't win either way!
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