Why Red Wine Stains Teeth

Posted on Dec 12, 2019 in News
Why Red Wine Stains Teeth

Discoloured or stained teeth can have a number of causes but one of the biggest culprits is red wine. It is the chemicals present in wine, coupled with a tooth’s natural porosity, that causes staining. There are three basic factors in play:

  • Microorganisms called chromogens stick to teeth and produce pigmentation
  • Tannic acid works in conjunction with chromogens to darken tooth colour
  • Tooth enamel is naturally porous and allows liquid and other material to penetrate

Staining does not occur overnight but months or years of regular wine drinking can lead to heavy staining.

Drink water to flush your teeth when drinking wine. Also, eating food whilst drinking wine can prevent staining. 

Teeth benefit from a regular professionally cleaning by a dentist. More detailed information and tips to avoid staining can be found at https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/what-exactly-causes-wine-to-stain-teeth/.

If you have dental concerns, please make an appointment with us.
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An exceptionally skilled orthodontist who simply loves to improve the smiles of adults and children.

Dr Moira Wong (GDC no: 67960, UK) developed an ambition to specialise in the field of orthodontics during her time as a dentistry student at the London Hospital Medical College. After graduating in 1994, she gained experience in all fields of dentistry prior to specialisation. This included working as part of the Pennstar trauma team at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr Wong’s career pathway began with a spell as a house officer in prosthetic dentistry at the Royal London Hospital, followed by senior house officer positions at the Bristol Dental Hospital. During this period she gained her fellowship in dental surgery and worked in the paediatric dentistry department, treating special needs children and addressing complicated developmental problems. She also worked with adults requiring the replacement of multiple teeth.

Returning to London to take up a position as a senior house officer in oral surgery, Dr Wong gained experience in dental and facial surgery. One of her busiest nights was helping with the suturing of patients following a national rail crash.

Dr Wong was then accepted onto the specialty training programme at Guy’s Hospital, where she spent a further three years gaining her master’s degree. She continued onto a consultant training programme at King’s College and St George’s Hospital, gaining her Fellowship in orthodontics. Currently less than 300 UK practitioners have this level of training, with just 5 to 10 people gaining the accreditation in an average year.

Today, Dr Wong has acquired an excellent reputation for her highly sophisticated work and approachable, communicative manner. Her ambition is to be recognised as nothing less than the best orthodontist in London.