HABITS THAT WRECK YOUR TEETH—PART IV
Drinking White Wine
You might think sticking to white wine would spare your teeth. But the acids still weaken the enamel, leaving the teeth porous and vulnerable to staining from other beverages, such as coffee. Swishing with water after drinking or using toothpaste with a mild whitening agent can fight the staining effects of red and white wines.
The bacteria in plaque will also break down starchy foods into acid. This acid can attack the teeth for the next 20 minutes—even longer if the food is stuck between the teeth or you snack often. You might want to floss after eating potato chips or other starchy foods that tend to get stuck in the teeth.
Snacking produces less saliva than a meal, leaving food bits in your teeth for hours longer. Avoid snacking too frequently and stick to snacks that are low in sugar and starch—for example, carrot sticks.
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