One of the best ways to maximise dental care is to take care of your teeth at home. Dentists in Perth and across Australia are happy to provide a basic home dental care program for those who need it. We all know that sugar is a major cause of tooth decay, but research shows a surprising new risk: wine.
According to a recent study performed at the University of Adelaide, the wine’s acidity can damage teeth by softening tooth enamel. The main culprit is high acidity. Wine has the approximate acidity of orange juice. According to Dr Sarbin Ranjitkar, a senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide’s School of Dentistry, “If the wine acids come in direct contact with the tooth structure, it dissolves the tooth.”
According to Dr Ranjitkar, wine tasters face a higher risk than casual wine drinkers because wine tasters swirl the wine around in their mouths. Dr Ranjitkar notes that the enamel is the primary defense mechanism of the teeth. Once the enamel is compromised, the teeth are much more susceptible to damage.
The researchers are experimenting with finding a way to provide another protective coating for the teeth, such as using fluorides or calcium phosphate as “re-mineralising agents.”
What We Recommend
We want to see everyone be able to enjoy their wine and we have a few suggestions. First of all, try not to emulate professional wine tasters. You don’t need to swish the wine around in your mouth to enjoy it.
After drinking wine, you should rinse your mouth out with water. This is the easiest and most reliable way to remove and neutralise acid from wine. The less time wine is in contact with your teeth, the less chance the acid has to cause damage.
Finally: make sure to visit the dentist on a regular basis for checkups. If there is a problem with your tooth enamel, we can diagnose it and treat it.
To learn more or to make an appointment, call(08) 9404 9500 today.