It's customary to ring in the new year with a little bit of champagne. A toast with your loved ones is festive and fun, but it could do harm to your smile. It's something that many patients at our Memphis, TN practice do not consider, but it's important that we remind people about how their diet can affect their dental health. Prevention is a key part of comprehensive oral care.
With this in mind, let's go over the kinds of dental problems caused by champagne and what can be done to avoid these issues.
While champagne is relatively light in color, that slight discoloration of your bubbly can lead to problems with the appearance of your smile. Drinking champagne regularly can lead to tooth discoloration and stains, particularly on the front teeth. Over time, your front teeth may wind up stained and unsightly. But that's not the only issue that champagne can cause.
To avoid staining your teeth with champagne, consider drinking champagne with a straw. This will help the champagne bypass your front teeth, avoiding the potential for severe stains. Do this with your toasts as well as your mimosas for brunch.
One of the reasons that champagne is so adored is the taste, and you can thank sugar for that. Since there's sugar in champagne, that means that champagne can contribute to tooth decay. As oral bacteria feeds on sugars caught on the surface of the teeth, this can lead to the formation of cavities and the weakening of your teeth.
Brushing and flossing is always a great way to prevent tooth decay. After you've had some champagne, wait minutes to brush and floss your teeth to avoid doing damage to the tooth enamel.
Why wait 30 minutes rather than cleaning your teeth immediately? Well, that's because of the dangers of enamel erosion and acidic oral pH.
The bubbles in your champagne can also lead to problems with tooth structure. The carbonation creates a higher level of acidity in your mouth. When your oral pH is more acidic in nature, it can cause weakening and softening of the tooth enamel. The enamel can be worn down, eventually revealing the underlying dentin layer of the teeth. This is known as acidic erosion or tooth erosion.
To help reduce the acidity of your mouth and achieve a more balanced pH, be sure to rinse your mouth out with water after having champagne. A little swish of clean water can help remove acidic elements that cause dental erosion as well as substances that can contribute to tooth decay.
If you do experience issues with the appearance or health of your smile due to champagne, never fear. A dentist has plenty of cosmetic and restorative procedures that can help repair your teeth.
For Tooth Discoloration and Stains – If your teeth become stained or discolored, teeth whitening treatments can help. For more severe stains that do not fully respond to teeth whitening treatment, porcelain veneers may be best.
For Tooth Decay and Acidic Erosion – For any damage done to the structure of the teeth, it's best to use dental restorations. Fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns can rebuild the compromised tooth structure and restore your ability to bite and chew.
If you would like more information about keeping your smile healthy and beautiful, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist today. The team at Southwind Dental Care is here to offer insight and information about prevention and treatment of dental problems.
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