A Dentist Reveals The Beverage To Be Wary Of This Holiday Season (And It’s Not Red Wine)

A Dentist Reveals The Beverage To Be Wary Of This Holiday Season (And It’s Not Red Wine)

If a typical morning for you starts with a coffee, continues with an afternoon cup of tea, and ends with a glass (or two) of red wine, it’s safe to assume that you’ve had a pretty good day. Unless, of course, you’re speaking to a dentist (which is exactly what we did). 

Consequently, you might be disappointed to learn that your typical day involves three of the most common culprits of teeth staining. 

And just as we thought the teeth-destructive drink list ended there, dentist Dr Fadi Yassmin from FY Smile warned us about one more popular drink we hadn’t considered. 

“One [beverage] that is often missed is mixed drinks,” he tells beautyheaven, specifically referring to a popular ingredient in many spirit-based drinks: citrus. 

Although refreshing and (unlike red wine) not going to leave a stain, these drinks are often abundant in acidic fruits like lemons or limes that can “cause erosion and wear of the enamel, [resulting in] sensitivity,” warned Dr Yassmin. 

How do we avoid damaging our teeth?

Without letting this information entirely derail your holiday fun, Dr Yassmin has shared his top tips for not only preventing but also reversing damage caused to our teeth. 

  1. Regular cleans and polishes with your dentist. Dr Yassmin recommends ensuring your treatment incorporates the “use of airflow”
  2. Drinking through a straw. Despite being a bit more obscure for tea, coffee and red wine, this tip really does work, as it minimises the amount of liquid coming into contact with your teeth. We suggest a reusable metal straw for the environmentally conscious.
  3. Incorporating whitening products into your at-home brushing routine. We recommend: alfree PLAIN WHITENING toothpaste ($6.49, Chemist Warehouse)
  4. Professional whitening treatments. Either in-clinic or using a take home kit such as the Hismile PAP+ Teeth Whitening Kit ($149, Adore Beauty).

Do you notice your teeth become discoloured after drinking red wine, tea or coffee?

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Comments 56

  1. Coffee definitely stains mine, but not complaining I just just go for more frequent cleans with my dental hygienist. (Ps I still cannot comment on forum if any of the lovely bh gods are reading)

    • Air-polishing is a method of removing biofilm and stains with the help of kinetic energy. Using a mixture of air, the corresponding powders and water, teeth, implants and soft tissue are effectively yet gently cleaned. The biofilm, which consists of bacteria and other microorganisms, is thus removed without the use of chemical products.

      It could been explained a bit better

  2. I don’t do any of those things to weaken my tooth enamel but I have issues anyway. It’s not just about what we do it’s also about susceptibility and unfortunately my enamel is not great. I’m using tooth mousse to help strengthen my enamel.

  3. Oh yes, I’ m aware of these. When I’m out, I prefer a straw but when I’m home, I prefer drinking from the glass. I do generally, however, always give my teeth a quick rinse with water afterwards, or I sometimes even give the teeth a quick, gentle, extra brush during the day.

  4. Yep – I’ve noticed a big trend in ‘daily lemon water’ and have always wondered what that might be doing to your teeth! That said, though, it’s better for you all round than wine.

  5. I don’t usually experience any issues probably because I always drink a glass of water after I have had coffee or red wine. There is a dentist in the UK who refers to the “Prosecco Smile” and the name comes from the popular cocktail’s effect on the health and appearance of the teeth when consumed on the regular, which is largely due to two factors: its acidic nature and its sugar content.

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