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The social pain of purple teeth.

It’s a sad day when someone refrains from buying the red wine they really want because they fear the ever-looming ‘purple teeth syndrome.’  I admit, this is a problem that is more prevalent in some than in others.  It is often correlated to the amount of plaque that is resting on the surface of one’s teeth—a point of hygiene (whether genetic or…not) that one doesn’t typically wish to advertise.  Understandably, it can cause feelings of insecurity that lead to a lifelong commitment to white wine.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my whites, but I would miss out on so many sensational pairings if I walked away from red.

There is a solution.

For one, those beautiful, inky purple wines are sure-fire way to get purple pronto.  Those big Cali blends, Zins, Malbecs, and juicy Jumilla wines from Spain are all usual suspects.  That said, there are still a few precautions one can take.  Brush your teeth before you go out (just be sure to thoroughly rinse so as not to distract from tasting the wine).  This will remove the plaque that is waiting with baited breath to soak up the rays of purple goodness.  Don’t, however, brush within an hour after drinking.  The harsh chemical collision with high acid wine-stained teeth can harm the enamel. Also, along these lines, another solution is to consider this acid and search for a basic balance: pop cheese appetizers and line those teeth with some lactic.  Remember to also take in water between several sips.  I once even read about another person finding a quick white wine swish did the trick as well—his logic: think upholstery, where white wine is used to rid red wine stains.  Genius.

For long term staining due to not only wine, but coffee, cigars, etc. the most effective way to battle this dilemma is home whitening systems.  Professional laser correction is an option, too, if you have nothing better to do with your money.  But honestly, greater success has come from home programs.  Just ask your dentist.

Voila.  Take hold of that glass of red with newfound ardor and confidence.  No longer do you need to look like a fool.


About mistralwine1982

Originally from Wisconsin, I moved to Colorado in 2005 in order to get closer to the mountains and rock climb. When it occurred to me that I would never make money with that hobby, I went to grad school. I received a masters in English and American Literature from New York University in May of 2009. I have since then opted not to pursue a PhD, for studying and writing about wine is far more fascinating (well, perhaps not moreso than Virginia Woolf, but still… for the long haul?). My favorite wines come from the old world, especially the Rhone, Burgundy, Rioja, Piedmont, and Tuscany. I am also smitten with roses, Italian hard-to-pronounce white varietals, and dessert wines from around the world. By day I run a wine shop. By nite, I sip and tell. It’s rough… but someone must do this.


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