Experts have warned against drinking too much prosecco, as it could seriously harm teeth and gums and give you what they call a ‘prosecco smile’.
Prosecco has become one of the nation’s favourite tipples, be it for a special celebration, in lieu of wine during a meal or as a much needed drink after a stressful day.
But now experts have warned against drinking too much bubbly, as it could be damaging your teeth, weakening your tooth enamel and giving you a ‘prosecco smile’.
Speaking to Mail Online, Professor Damien Walmsley, scientific adviser for the British Dental Association, said prosecco is a ‘triple whammy’ of ‘carbonation, sweetness and alcohol’, which could seriously harm your teeth.
‘Women especially enjoy prosecco but unlike wine, which you often have with a meal, it is very easy to just keep sipping prosecco and have a few glasses without noticing.’ Professor Damien said.
Dr. Mervyn Druian, of the London Centre for Cosmetic Dentistry, also explained the issue to publication: ‘It is acidic and it has sugar in it so, while a few glasses are fine, if you drink too much of it you are going to have a problem. Prosecco offers a triple whammy of carbonation, sweetness and alcohol, which can put your teeth at risk, leading to sensitivity and enamel erosion.’
The doctor adds that the signs ‘prosecco smile’ are where ‘the teeth come out of the gum’: ‘It starts with a white line just below the gum, which if you probe it is a little bit soft, and that is the beginning of tooth decay which can lead to fillings and dental work.’
As well as the acidity and carbonation, which are already harmful to our teeth, each flute of prosecco comes with around one teaspoon of sugar.
But can you still enjoy your glass of bubbly and keep your teeth intact? Dr Richard Coates, of Riveredge Cosmetic Dentistry in Sunderland and Newcastle, offered a few tips, which include not brushing your teeth straight after drinking it and using a straw.
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‘People should wait a few hours before brushing their teeth if they’ve been drinking prosecco to give the enamel time to harden,’ he suggested.
‘It may not look very cool but drinking it through a straw rather than a glass can protect teeth,’ the doctor added.
Dr Coates also suggested switching to champagne, as it has less sugar, but that might be a bit too pricey for our budget…