Drinking wine can damage your teeth. That’s the conclusion of a report from the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. Researchers tested the effects of eight red and eight white wines on teeth from men and women aged between 40 to 65. They discovered all of the wines damaged the enamel that protects our teeth. This makes our teeth more sensitive to hot and cold food and drinks. It also means the teeth will stain quicker if someone drinks coffee. The research team said white wine causes more damage than red. The acid in white wines attacks the enamel and wears it away. The bad news is that brushing your teeth after drinking wine will only make things worse. Wine drinkers previously thought red wine was worse for your teeth.
The research has been published in the journal “Nutrition Research”. Report co-author Dr. Brita Willershausen told reporters: “Within the limits of this study, it can be predicted that frequent consumption of white wines might lead to severe dental erosion.” The researchers did have some good news for wine lovers. They said food that is rich in calcium can help limit the damage. The report stated: “The tradition of enjoying different cheeses for dessert or in combination with drinking wine might have a beneficial effect on preventing dental erosion because cheese contains calcium in a high concentration.” Other factors can also help reduce the amount of erosion wine causes. Less frequent sips and swallowing the wine a little more quickly can help save your teeth.
|a.||Wine will damage the teeth of anyone who drinks it.||T / F|
|b.||Half of the wines tested in a study damaged the enamel of teeth.||T / F|
|c.||Drinking wine can make it easier for coffee to stain our teeth.||T / F|
|d.||Brushing your teeth after a glass of wine helps reduce any damage.||T / F|
|e.||A study said drinking wine can cause a lot of damage to teeth.||T / F|
|f.||Eating food with lots of calcium can reduce the damage of wine.||T / F|
|g.||Cheese has very low levels of calcium.||T / F|
|h.||Swallowing wine quickly can reduce the damage wine does to teeth.||T / F|
___________ Alcohol ________ Cocaine
__________ Marihuana ________ Crack
__________ Ecstasy ________ Cigarettes
infrequent dental checks
grinding one’s teeth
5- What do you think about treatments to whiten people’s teeth ? Say whether you agree (A) or disagree (D) with the statements below:
( ) Treatments to whiten people’s teeth weaken the enamel that protects our teeth.
( ) Only young people should whiten their teeth.
( ) People should worry about the teeth health, not the appearance.
( ) Dark teeth is a sign of carelessness with the health in general.
( ) People with white teeth look like ghosts. It’s ugly.
( ) All artists are obliged to whiten their teeth, regardless the age.
( ) All dentists are against this kind of treatment.
( ) It’s beautiful to have white teeth. It’s a sign of good health.