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How to Remove Red Wine Stains From Teeth

Updated March 23, 2017

Many people love to drink red wine, and scientists say one glass a day reduces the risk of coronary heart disease. So if you choose this method of keeping your heart healthy, you’ll have to deal the with red wine stains on your teeth. Because of the acidity of the wine and the red pigment, red wine produces dark stains. You can remove the stains by properly taking care of your teeth, eating certain foods afterward, and brushing your teeth later in the day.

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Rinse your mouth with water after drinking a glass of red wine to help remove the wine stains on your teeth.

Eat a fruit or vegetable, such as an apple, pear, celery, carrot, cauliflower or cucumber, after drinking red wine. These foods produce lots of saliva in your mouth to help clean your teeth. The foods also contain natural fibres that remove bacteria.

Try chewing sugarless gum, which will also produce saliva to help get rid of the stains.

Brush your teeth with a whitening toothpaste. Do this a little while after you’ve had the red wine. Because the wine causes your tooth enamel to break down, brushing right away can actually worsen the problem, according to an National Public Radio article.

Regularly brush and floss to eliminate stains.

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Things You'll Need

  • Whitening toothpaste
  • Apple, pear, celery, carrot, cauliflower or cucumber
  • Toothbrush
  • Floss
  • Sugarless chewing gum

About the Author

Amy Dombrower is a journalist and freelance writer living in Chicago. She worked in the newspaper industry for three years and enjoys writing about technology, health, paper crafts and life improvement. Some of her passions are graphic design, movies, music and fitness. Dombrower earned her Bachelor of Arts in journalism from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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