Wine drinkers: Here’s how to minimize damaging teeth

Purple teeth and lips might bring a knowing grin to regular wine drinkers but your dentist won’t consider it something to smile about.

Acid is a tooth’s biggest foe but simple strategies for regular and occasional wine drinkers can protect enamel and prolong the life of a toothy smile.

“Acid breaks down the enamel on the teeth, so essentially it can cause them to become more porous,” said Dr. Dan Marut, a dentist based in Medford, Ore. “Of course if you drink wine you’re not going to see holes on your teeth; it sets your teeth up to collect stains. That can be acid from wine or something like lemon juice.”

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