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Red Wine or Coffee?

Oct 02, 2014 07:08AM
By Dr. Terry Victor, the DC Dentist

Are your favorite beverages having a positive or negative effect on your oral health? With millions of people consuming coffee and wine every year, one may ask how these drinks are affecting us on a daily or weekly basis.

According to Boston University's Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, coffee does not have a negative impact on periodontal health and may prevent gum disease. The study originally appeared in last month’s issue of Journal of Periodontology, and showed that there was a minimal correlation with regularly drinking coffee and teeth affected by bone loss. A group of over 1,110 adult males ages 26 to 84 were studied to look at the potential periodontal impact of drinking coffee.

While coffee might not have any negative effects of your teeth, red wine may be different. Although red wine may be beneficial to one’s overall health, it may have negative effects on your oral health. Because many alcoholic beverages are filled with high levels of acidity and sugar, staining and marking teeth, studies have found that over time red wine may take a toll on your teeth. A recently released survey stated that only 16 percent of people are aware of the implications that involve one’s oral health and drinking wine. Other alcoholic beverages, such as sparkling wines and champagnes, may be even worse for your oral health as these acidic drinks attack your enamel making teeth vulnerable to bacteria.

If you are finding that red wine or coffee is a major part of your daily lifestyle, there are still several things one can do to maintain those pearly whites. Drinking through a straw, rinsing your mouth with water afterward, using an electric toothbrush, and regular cleanings are a few ways to further protect your teeth.

Visit your local dentist for more information about how to maintain and improve your oral and overall health.

Dr. Terry Victor, DDS, is a dentist in Washington D.C., providing holistic, biological, and eco-friendly general restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Victor is an accredited member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) and is also certified by the Eco-Dentistry Association. For more information, visit See ad, page 3.


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