The thought of a glass of wine might bring a smile but wine can cause damage to our teeth.
Don’t despair: there is a way you can help to protect your teeth while you enjoy a glass of wine (and it’s a pretty delicious one too).
Tooth decay is caused by bacteria in the mouth made by sugar from foods and drinks. These bacteria produce acids that dissolve and damage the teeth. Every time we eat, our teeth are exposed to an acid attack.
Acid from foods and drinks can deteriorate tooth enamel and without this protective outer layer, our teeth are vulnerable to decay.
Acid and Alkaline
The pH scale measures how acidic or alkaline a solution is. Acidic solutions have a lower pH, while alkaline solutions have a higher pH. Pure water has a pH of 7.
The problem with wine is that it is acidic and on the lower end of the scale. Both red and white wine varieties can be highly acidic – not just red wine.
Cheese, on the other hand, is slightly alkaline. Wine, due to its acidic nature, can be damaging to our teeth. Cheese can, due to its alkaline nature, have a buffering effect.
The Perfect Match
Research has shown that both milk and cheese can help prevent tooth decay. Both contain minerals including calcium, casein, and phosphorus that help protect tooth enamel.
Cheese is high in calcium, which promotes strong teeth and, when consumed with wine, helps prevent acid from destroying tooth enamel. Various compounds found in cheese may adhere to tooth enamel and help protect teeth from acid. Eating cheese with wine also increases the flow of saliva which buffers food and plaque acids. The dairy fat and casein in cheese coats the teeth to help prevent foods from sticking.
Dairy calcium and milk protein also aid in restoring lost minerals. The calcium and phosphates in cheese help put minerals back in your teeth after they have been attacked by acidic foods or drinks.
So, the next time you reach for a glass of wine, pair it with some delicious cheese to help protect your pearly whites.
Wine and cheese? They’re the perfect pair.