Prosecco: one of the nation’s favourite drinks. However, bad news for all the Prosecco lovers, because it looks like the sparkling drink is doing much more harm to your teeth than you think. The news and media have been all over the ’Prosecco Smile’ that apparently is caused by our love for the Italian sparkling wine, which began around five years ago. So, why has this piece of information burst on the scene now, and is it true?
There’s no doubt that we Brits love a drink after a long working week, but lately, our choice of a pint has turned to a bottle of fizz with friends. From 2013 to 2014, Prosecco consumption in the UK doubled and, by 2016, the market grew by another third, with the numbers showing we drank up to 40 million litres of it.
A cosmetic dentist from Newcastle has recently issued a warning after these shocking latest figures were released, alongside Dr Mervyn Druian from the London Centre for Cosmetic Dentistry, singling women out as being most at risk.
The statement from Dr Druian stated:
“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. 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.”
“The signs of 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.”
PH Levels, Sugar and Acidity.
Many dentists, including the team at Bay Dental, believe that opting for a refreshing glass of Prosecco is twice as problematic as choosing any other drink due to its acidity. Its sweetness and its lower PH level are much more damaging to the teeth, linking it to the rising issue of enamel erosion.
Dentine dissolves at a PH level of 6.5 and enamel dissolves at 5.5. With Prosecco having an acidic PH level of just 3.25, which is similar to most popular soft drinks linked to enamel erosion, the effects can be severe.
Combining the carbonation with the sweetness, acidity and alcohol, this is a deadly mix for a path to extra sensitivity and enamel erosion.
Carbonated drinks get their fizz from the release of carbonic dioxide which dissolves in carbonic acid, making for a refreshing taste but also adds to the acidity. Plus, believe it or not, Prosecco comes with an entire teaspoon of sugar per flute.
What Can You Do?
With Prosecco being the cheaper option and supermarkets selling the drink off in crates for a bargain £20 (working out at £3.33 a bottle!) it can seem irresistible, but with this piece of dentistry knowledge being released just two days after the bottles going on sale, are you going to rethink your drink choice?
Any alcoholic drink isn’t good for you, let alone any carbonated beverage, however, if you are a lover of the sparkling drink or in fact any fizzy beverage, you can do a few things to keep your smile sparkling:
- Drink through a straw – this can protect your teeth believe it or not!
- Don’t over indulge! – Stick to the one or two glasses.
- Wait a few hours after drinking before cleaning teeth – This gives the enamel time to harden again.
If you are worried about your enamel, or how your diet and drink choices affect your teeth, you can get in touch with the Bay Dental team, your cosmetic dentistry in Lancaster, who would be happy to help. Get in touch on 01524 32639 or send us a quick message.