Red Wine: Good for Your General Health. Is It Also Good for Your Oral Health?

We have all heard and read hundreds of articles that promote red wine for various general health concerns.  Those concerns range from improving your cholesterol levels to helping to prevent heart disease and cancer.  Have you ever wondered if it is also as good for your oral health as it seems to be for your general overall health?  Well, I, personally have read and written many articles about how foods and beverages can effect your teeth and other oral tissues.  I have wondered about red wine with its many attributes as well.  Let’s talk briefly about some information I read recently about red wine and your oral health.


Let’s address the acidity of this popular beverage.  A recent survey reported that only about 16% of the people polled were really concerned with their oral health when it came to the consumption of alcoholic beverages.  The implications of how this consumption affects the health of their oral tissues apparently is not a high concern for those people.  The fact is that red wine is pretty acidic.  It leaves a mark on your teeth and, over a period of time, this mark can cause problems.  The acidity levels as well as the high levels of sugar in the beverage work together to create a damaging duet for your teeth.

How does the acidity cause problems?

The acidity levels in some foods and beverages can literally attack the enamel on your teeth.  This acid onslaught can, over time, reduce the ability of the tooth enamel to block bacteria from entering forbidden places in your mouth. Champagne and sparkling wines are truly the very worst enemies of your precious tooth enamel. It is far better choose a “flat” drink than a “fizzy” one to reduce the amount of carbonation to which you subject your oral tissues.

The acidic assault can be worse in some seasons

Most likely you will notice that more fizzy and sparkling kinds of drinks will be consumed in the summer time. People tend to drink more acidic fruit punches while recreating or when attending various types of celebrations where they are likely to drink champagne.  It has been suggested that drinking water between drinks may help to curb the damaging effects of the acidic beverages.

Red wine is not the only offender in this arena, port wines and coffee-based cocktails or spirits that are mixed with dark juices can also have negative effects on your teeth.  Routine good oral health care is vital to your continued good overall health. Your Periodontist in Long Island can help identify and treat oral health issues before they become a problem. Call Dr. Scharf at (631)661-6633 or visit him on the web at and let him tell you how he can treat gum disease with a laser instead of a scalpel.

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