Heading To A Wine Bar? Here's How To Protect Your Teeth

by Terrence Mills

No one wants to be the worrywart when relaxing and enjoying a few luxurious glasses at a nice wine bar, but that doesn't mean that you should forget about taking good care of your teeth. Wine can leave stains, break down your enamel and otherwise wreak havoc on your teeth, but fortunately, following these tips can help prevent the damage while you still have a good time.

Ask for Cheese, Please

Not only is cheese delicious when served with your favorite wine, but it's also great for protecting your teeth. Go ahead and ask for a cheese platter, and munch on a piece or two before drinking your wine. The waxy coating that can be found on cheese will help coat your teeth, which will help prevent staining and damage. Plus, cheese is rich in calcium, which is great for your pearly whites. Plus, who needs another excuse to munch on decadent cheese at a wine bar?

Make it Spritzy

If you don't mind making a small sacrifice, consider asking for a wine spritzer instead of a glass of wine. Wine spritzers don't contain the same concentration of acid or coloration, so they will be less likely to stain your teeth. Plus, you can get away with drinking them with a straw, which helps any staining agents bypass your teeth and head straight for your throat.

Have a Glass of H2O

To go along with your glass of wine, ask for a glass of water. Not only is it great for rinsing out your palate in-between tastings, but it will also help rinse away any potentially staining agents from darker wine and any acids from white wine that could harm your teeth. It also helps jump start saliva production, which will help keep your mouth rinsed-out when you're otherwise feeling a bit dehydrated from the alcohol.

Slip Away to the Restroom

Before the end of the night, slip away from the bar and head to the restroom to rinse your mouth out with water. This will help get rid of harmful ingredients that could be sticking to your teeth and will help tide you over until you have the chance to brush.

Sipping wine might be a lot of fun, but it isn't the best thing for your teeth. Fortunately, doing these things when at a wine bar can help you preserve your pearly whites while you're out for a night on the town. Contact a dentist like one from Westowne Dental for more information.