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What Does Wine Do to Teeth?

Red wine and concord grape juice have been long known to do two things:

#1 – make an indelible stain on clothes or carpeting; and

#2 – prevent the oxidation of bad cholesterol that leads to the formation of plaque in artery walls.

As to #2, if you were looking for an excuse to have that morning glass of grape juice or a  nightly glass of red wine perhaps you have one now.  After all, if a mere beverage can help lower the risk of developing blood clots that lead to heart attacks, you might as well go for it, right?  One important thing to remember is that having stained teeth does not mean that your teeth are unhealthy, and if you have stained teeth there are solutions such as a visit to a top dentist and an in office tooth whitening procedure.

Is Fruit Juice Healthy?

Everybody knows fruits and vegetables are good for you. Whether you eat them in their most natural state, or you drink them as juices, getting five servings of fruits and vegetables daily is recommended by healthcare providers to ensure your body is getting the vitamins and minerals it needs to remain healthy. In fact, many health experts suggest drinking fruit and vegetable juices, or even purchasing a juicer, as an effective means of getting all the nutrients you require every day. But what does all that juice do to your teeth? Is juice healthy for teeth? Are some juices better for teeth than others? And what about the sugars in juices? Are natural juice sugars as bad for teeth as added sugars? You may be surprised at the answers to these and other dental questions.

What Is Tooth Erosion?

Teeth have four layers. The first layer  is the enamel. The second layer is the dentin, or the inner layer. The third layer is the pulp, which contains blood vessels and nerves. The fourth layer of teeth is the cementum, which is a calcified substance that covers the tooth root. The layer that is most affected by tooth erosion is the first layer, the enamel. When teeth erode, loss of enamel occurs that is irreversible. Tooth enamel is a pretty hard substance. In fact, it’s the hardest tissue in the human body. It’s mineralized hard tissue that covers the tooth and protects it. However, tooth enamel can become chemically dissolved by too much acid. Following is information from top dentists about tooth erosion, as well as recommendations on how to prevent its occurrence.