Due to the fact prosecco has less calories than champagne and its cost and sweetness, it has become increasingly popular drink over the last few years. Especially women are choosing it as their drink of choice.
But did you know that prosecco is especially bad for your teeth?
As, Professor Damien Walmsley, who is a scientific adviser for the British Dental Association, said: Prosecco delivers a triple whammy of carbonation, alcohol, and sweetness, which puts your teeth at risk, causing sensitivity and enamel erosion. he further explained that carbonated beverages get their fizz from the release of carbon dioxide, which dissolves into carbonic acid. Which provides a refreshing taste but also makes these drinks more acidic. Additionally, Prosecco comes with around one teaspoon of sugar per flute.
Dr. Mervyn Druian, of the London Centre for Cosmetic Dentistry, has termed the damaged causes as “Prosecco Smile”. This starts with a white line just under the gum, which when probed is a bit soft, and that is the start of tooth decay which often leads to dental work like fillings etc.
Often patients with prosecco smile will complain about increased tooth sensitivity. Dentists can figure out if the erosion in your mouth is caused by drinks rather than food, because the front teeth comes in contact with liquid the most thus are first to be affected.
How can you avoid a Prosecco smile?
It is especially harmful to drink Prosecco between meals. If you drink and eat sugary and acidic foods and drinks throughout the day, this puts your teeth under constant acid attack. You don’t have to quit it completely, but it is a good idea to limit your intake with a meal.
Chase a glass of Prosecco with one glass of water. This will flush the acid away. You can also reduce contact between the acidic liquid and your tooth enamel by using a straw and avoiding swilling the liquid around your mouth also helps. Chasing your glass with a piece of cheese may also help to counteract the acidic effect. The acidity in Prosecco weakens the tooth enamel, which can then be harmed further by brushing teeth very soon after drinking it. You should wait for a minimum of an hour before brushing teeth to let the enamel hardens up again.
Lastly, make certain that you are visiting your dentist regularly. That will permit us to check your oral health and we can be sure whether drinking Prosecco is affecting your teeth or not.