Eat Cheese to Help Keep Teeth White

Want to keep your teeth white after having a glass of wine, eat cheese!  Studies have shown that acidic drinks erode the enamel on teeth.  Examples of some acidic drinks are red and white wine, coffee, tea, soft drinks, and sports drinks.  This leaves the teeth vulnerable to rough spots and grooves which pick up staining.  Eating hard cheeses before and after drinking these high acidic beverages can neutralize the pH of the mouth.  In addition, it will stimulate saliva production which also helps to reduce the mouth’s acidity.  It is recommended to eat an ounce of hard cheese before drinking the beverage and an ounce right after.

Examples of Hard Cheeses:

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Parmesan, Cojita, Gouda, Monterey Jack, Romano, Grana Padano, Asiago

 

What about brushing your teeth right after?

The answer is no!!!!  Brushing your teeth immediately after consuming acidic beverages and foods can hurt your teeth.  The enamel on your teeth is soft from the acid in the drinks and food.  Avoid brushing for at least 30 minutes after consumption.  This allows your saliva to neutralize the acid in your mouth.