Hello from the Vino Vault at Extra Space Storage, with locations in Charlottesville, Virginia and Charlotte, North Carolina. We are excited to introduce our unique and perfect climate for wine storage and we are glad to share lots of wine-formation to help you continue to experience all the wonderful things that our favorite wines have to offer you. In the following blog, we’re going to address your wine smile.
A wine-lover’s issue we need to address – seriously stained teeth
I checked into my hotel for the night and noticed that the people at the desk seemed to be looking at me strangely. I gave them a big smile, and then remembered that my teeth were dark grayish purple after having been stained by all of the wonderful red wine I had been drinking. Oh the horror!!
You see, if you drink a lot of dark red wine, this will happen. It’s like when you were a kid and you ate the grape popsicles. There was no hiding your purple tongue. (Speaking of popsicles – WINE POPSICLES are the BOMB… but I digress). The good news is that researchers recently uncovered that red wine protects our teeth against cavities. Now you have an excuse for that extra glass. The bad news – after more than one glass of red, our teeth can often take on a purplish hue. So how do you prevent or get rid of that pesky wine stain while still doing your part to prevent cavities? Here are a few tips for keeping your wine smile pearly white:
Brushing before you drink removes the plaque that builds up on the outside of your teeth, which if not taken care of can serve as an ideal location for the wine to stick. Any of us that dye our hair know that the color sticks better if your hair is dirtier. It’s the same with wine and your teeth. Just don’t brush your teeth immediately before drinking. Minty wine would NOT be good.
This not only helps keep you hydrated, it’s also good for cleaning your teeth! Whether still or sparkling, swish some water around that mouth after every glass, and it will help rinse the stains away.
The proteins in cheese form a protective layer on your teeth. Think of them as your red wine shield. So not only does cheese make red wine taste more delicious, it also protects your teeth.
If you’re really concerned about wine stains on your teeth, try to stay away from wines that are high in acidity. As we mentioned above, acidity can strip away the protective enamel coating on your teeth, so the higher the wine’s acidity, the more likely you are to wind up with a purple smile.
I now keep a toothbrush in my purse for tastings and judging.In Charlottesville, VA call 434 270 8379 | In Charlotte, NC call 980 498 8004