White Wine Hurts the Choppers

Experts recommend eating cheese to reduce effect on tooth enamel
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2009 5:07 AM CDT
White Wine Hurts the Choppers
"The tradition of enjoying different cheeses for dessert, or in combination with drinking wine, might have a beneficial effect on preventing dental erosion," the researchers said.   (©quinn.anya)

White wine is a lot worse for teeth than red, according to German researchers who studied human teeth soaked in various kinds of wine. The acid content of white wines like Reisling destroys enamel much faster than reds like Rioja, say the researchers. They recommend white wine fans drink while munching on cheese, which supplies calcium to counteract the wine's effect.

"Consuming wine alongside food, rather than on its own, means the saliva you produce as you chew helps to neutralize its acidity and limits its erosive potential," an expert told the BBC. "Leaving time before brushing teeth gives the enamel a chance to recover from the acid attack" and makes the enamel "less susceptible to being brushed away." (More white wine stories.)

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