Purple Teeth Pepsi Challenge - Wine Wipes

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As the Wine Whore, I proudly enjoy drinking wine. I especially love to drink red wine. Even with my unabashed love for the grape, there are some occasions where I realize that my purple teeth passion is spelled out in an embarrassing way. For instance, how many times have you been at a party socializing while enjoying a glass (or five) of wine. Everything is going great until you look into a mirror and realize that your teeth are TOTALLY stained.

How do you avoid purple teeth without giving up wine?

It's time for a throw down! A couple of weeks ago, I shared some wine straws that may help with this problem. Another contender has stepped into the ring. This new contender is so sure that they would be able to cure my purple teeth, they sent me some samples to compare to these wine straws as a sort of "Pepsi Challenge".

The test:

  • Day 1 - Drink a bottle of characteristically staining Petite Sirah (in the name of science, of course) using the glass straws.

  • Day 2 - Drink the same bottle of wine and then use wine wipes and compare the purple teeth results.

The verdict:
While the straws helped prevent SOME staining, the wipes worked better at actually cleaning off stains. In fact, the straws actually made a bigger mess when I rubbed them on my mouth, teeth, and gums. On the other hand, although I didn't bite into them, the straws tasted better than the wipes.

In conclusion:
Use straws to help prevent staining... use the wipes to clean up staining... and brush your teeth to completely remove staining. The only 100% sure fire way to be stain free is to avoid wine altogether, but clearly that's not a plan I am willing to endorse here.

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These wine wipes are a quick and easy way to tidy up your smile for an afternoon at work, a hot date, or pictures at a party. Get some of your own by visiting Wine Wipes today!


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Shelly said...

Interesting. I never noticed the purple stains until a trip ti Michigan a couple years back. My husband never drinks, wine or anything, and decided to see what we were all talking about (by sharing a glass). I immediately noticed his purple teeth and wentto check mine...they were fine. I've also noticed my dad's get a light purple shade but never notice it on women. I wonder what causes some toget the purple teeth and others not to.

The Wine Whore said...

Very interesting! Obviously the type of wine plays a part, but I wonder what other factors contribute to purple teeth.

Anyone else have any scientific experience with this one?


jFLASHj said...

Wine Wipes! I never knew!

The Wine Whore said...

LOL! Never know when you are going to need these!


raj said...

lol! i was wondering if i was the only one with this problem! very comforting to know im not :P
- the hungry cook

The Wine Whore said...

You are definitely not alone! :)


Rachel said...

Some scientific insight: teeth are porous and made up of hollow tube-like structures called dentin tubules. These form the part of the tooth between the enamel and the core of a healthy tooth. Some people develop stronger tooth enamel in their formative years, thanks to genetics and good brushing and flossing. But people with weaker enamel soak up things they eat and drink through their dentin tubules and the surfaces of their teeth look stained!

Hope that helps!

The Wine Whore said...

Thank you for the scientific insight! Very helpful! :)


Mark V. Fusco said...

I've used Wine Wipes before. Definitely work.

Anonymous said...

I've also started using Sensodyne's Pronamel toothpaste to help try and rebuild my enamel against the staining... I may be imagining things, but it seems to have helped a bit!

The Wine Whore said...

Mark- They definitely do the trick for an on-the-go solution to wine stains! :)

Anony- Drinking wine has begun to make my teeth more sensitive... I think I need to try that Pronamel stuff too! :)


Kort said...

Good stuff to know. I have a slight tannish tint to my teeth from coffee, but never had a problem with wine. Good enamel I guess! ;']

The Wine Whore said...

Hello Kort!

I use a lot of toothpaste with baking soda and whitening... I wonder if that has anything to do with my sensitivity and staining? :)


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