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3 Tips to Avoid Red Wine Stains on Your Teeth

Red wine tastes great and, if consumed in moderation, can have potential health benefits due to being rich in antioxidants. If you did not know already, National Wine Day is on May 25, so you are likely preparing to enjoy a glass or two. Despite the upsides of drinking red wine, it comes with one standout problem–stained teeth. This does not mean you have to cut out wine altogether, but there are some tips for avoiding stained teeth.

1. Brush and Floss Before Drinking

Stains occur when the red wine clings to the plaque that is already on your teeth. By removing the plaque with brushing and flossing, you reduce the chance of stains. This habit also reduces your chance of gum disease and tooth decay.

2. Rinse After

Have you ever had a late night drinking wine, only to forget to brush your teeth before you go to sleep? Leaving the red wine lingering on your teeth is one of the sure causes of stained teeth. Rinse with water immediately after drinking red wine and wait about 30 minutes to brush your teeth to allow your enamel to recalcify.

3. Use Teeth Whitening Treatments

You might find that certain toothpastes and over-the-counter whitening options help reduce the effects of stains. Professional teeth whitening services available in Corpus Christi, TX might be needed if you are looking for something more powerful or with more long-term results. Dr. Tilman Richards offers in-office treatments to restore your smile and get rid of the pesky stains.

While drinking wine is an enjoyable experience that comes with several potential benefits, no one wants to have discolored teeth. Make sure your favorite drink does not cause you to affect your appearance or oral health. By following the above 3 tips, you can reduce and remove stains and have a beautiful smile. Contact our office to learn more about teeth whitening options from cosmetic dentist Dr. Tilman Richards.

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