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09 January 2017

How Your Favorite Booze Is Killing Your Teeth

The occasional glass of your favorite wine or cocktail from time to time is good for your health. You should be aware that drinking wine on a daily basis may affect the health of your teeth.

Key takeaways:

  • White wine sipped over a long period will affect the pH in the mouth and lead to enamel erosion due to its acidity.
  • High alcohol drinks such as vodka and whiskey dry up the mouth by reducing the production of saliva leading to bad breath and bacteria growth.
  • You should sip water as you consume alcohol to wash away the alcohol from the teeth and the mouth.

Red wine is rough on your teeth. “On top of being acidic, it also has chromogens — dark pigments,” explains Dr. Banker. “Plus, it contains tannins, an astringent from the peel of the grape that has a binding effect.”

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