Q&A with Dr. Fufidio: How to Keep Your Teeth from Staining While Wine Tasting
Red wine goes well with so many meals, especially chocolate, but it can wreak havoc on our pearly whites. We interviewed top Dallas dentist, Dr. Dominique Fufidio, with her best tips for keeping your teeth white while still enjoying a weekend in the sun (and cellar) wine tasting.
Q. When drinking red wine while wine tasting, should you brush your teeth right after or swish water to help prevent staining?
Q. What remedies are there for bad red wine stains? (PS - How cute are these coasters from Dr. Fufidio's office?)
'When at home, bleaching trays can be used with a strong teeth bleaching agent. The ones that are found over-the-counter are very mild but do the job with consistency and compliance, the ones issued in the dental office are much more potent and yield greater results. Patients are concerned about sensitivity. I see more sensitivity from the effects of grinding making teeth hypersensitive than from the bleaching process themselves and know this from first hand experience. If the grinding habit is addressed, patients can whiten until they are very content with the results.
Q. Can white wine or champagne stain teeth or are those safe?
Q. What's worse for staining teeth - red wine or coffee?
Dr. Fufidio BONUS TIPS
Just remember to see your dentist every 6 months to have your teeth professionally cleaned and consider in investing in custom bleaching trays to touch up your teeth as needed. The best time to whiten is following a cleaning. If you are really looking for a bright white smile, and fast, in-office bleaching is an option where in 1 hour you can leave 2-3 shades lighter!
All of this a dental professional can do for you once you establish a relationship, however, we NEED healthy teeth or we don't have a tooth to whiten. The acidic nature of the staining agents we discussed can really cause havoc on your teeth via enamel loss and erosion so please remember to always buffer your mouth with water to re-raise the pH of the mouth, and always wait at least 30 minutes after eating or drinking anything other than water before brushing your teeth as they are softer and more susceptible to damage. Always use a soft toothbrush, never medium or hard, and we highly recommend electric toothbrushes. They do an incredible job effectively cleaning the teeth and helping really eliminate stain. If you do use an electric toothbrush, no more than twice a day as it is a powerful tool so if you need a third or fourth touch up, use a regular, manual, soft toothbrush for your in between brushing.
I'd be happy to evaluate you, your teeth, and your level of stain or tooth discoloration and make the best recommendation as to how we can help you make your teeth healthy and white at Katy Trail Dental. Mention this article and we are happy to offer you complimentary bleaching trays and two weeks worth of bleach with your new patient exam and cleaning!' (Score!) Read More on this topic on Dr. Fufidio's blog here. Special thanks for the interview and if you're looking for a dentist in Dallas, be sure to book your appointment at Katy Trail Dentist.
Katy Trail Dental, the practice of Dr. Dominique Fufidio, is not your average Dallas dental office. Yes, they offer everything you’d expect from a general and cosmetic dentist's office, but their passionate focus on personalized care and patient comfort sets them apart. Dr. Fufidio and her team pride themselves on "Treating People, Not Just Teeth!"