Red Wine FAQs: Good, Bad, Or Both?

So, you love pouring yourself a glass of red wine with your dinner. Sometimes, you hear that red wine offers some wonderful benefits for you, which makes you feel confident about your penchant for this scarlet-hued beverage. Other times, you hear a slew of negative details that makes you question your choice. How about this drink and your oral health, you wonder? Is it good? Is it bad? A little bit of both? We can help answer this common uncertainty with a quick session of FAQs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: I’ve heard recently that red wine can be good for my smile. Is this true in any way?

Answer: Yes! Red wine is full of polyphenols, which are a type of antioxidants. They help eliminate free radicals. They also help stop the bacteria in plaque from adhering to teeth and leading to issues like decay and gum disease.

Question: I’ve been under the impression that red wine is also bad for my oral health. Is this accurate?

Answer: Yes, it can be. When you drink this beverage frequently, it can contribute to the erosion of dental enamel. The deeply pigmented hue of this drink may also cause stains, which leads to discoloration.

Question: Is there a way for me to drink red wine, while enjoying the oral health benefits but avoiding the damage?

Answer: It’s up to you. If you wish to enjoy the benefits, we encourage you to drink a glass, then rinse, then brush in 30 minutes. Should stains develop, remember that you will have access to whitening options for a smile that’s vibrant again.

Find Out If You’re Making Good Choices During Appointments

Don’t forget that asking us about your choices for your smile during your appointments is an easy way to ensure your smile is safe. To learn more, schedule an appointment with your dentist by calling Allen & Neumann Family Dentistry in Pella, IA, today at (641) 628-1121.