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Yes, Wine Tasters Are At Risk Of Tooth Decay!

wine harms your teeth

Calm down and take a breath.  I am not telling you to stop drinking your favorite adult beverage.  But I do want to tell you what a new study has found.  Researchers from the University of Adelaide, an Austrailian school has found that the acid in wine can cause damage to your teeth.  This is not going to happen to the person who has a glass of wine or two but it will affect those who are professional tasters.

The acid levels in wine are very similar to those found in orange juice.  No, I am not saying stop drinking orange juice but only giving you a reference. It is the acid in the wine that does the damage.

A professiona wine taster doesn't drink wine like you do.  They take a sample and hold it in their mouth to evaluate it.  They might do this dozens of times a day and it is the repeated exposure to the wine acids that cause the damage.  In fact, the study showed that just ten, one-minute wine tasting can change the tooth structure.  It softens the surface enamel making it more likely to get a cavity.  The acid can dissovle the enamel.  It doesn't happen at once but takes a prolonged period of exposure.  With a wine taster they may do this acid exposure day after day for a long time which eventuallys softens the tooth.  For a person who has a glass or two of wine with dinner, there are no worries.

So what does a wine taster do?  Luckily there are specific types of toothpaste that are strong in calcium phosphate and fluoride which remineralizes the tooth.  It essentially rehardens the tooth, reversing the damage done by the wine acids.

So don't worry, go ahead and pop the cork and enjoy your favorite grape.  Unless you hold wine in your mouth all day, you will be ok.

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