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The prosecco smile: Bubbles causing widespread tooth decay

We all know that alcohol contains high sugar levels due to both the ingredients and manufacturing processes, but how much is too much when it comes to prosecco? The fizzy Italian alcoholic drink commonly known as a cheaper version of champagne has been hitting the headlines for both good and bad. Here at Widcombe Dental Practice, we will take a look at what is causing the so-called ‘prosecco smile’ and ways to avoid tooth loss.

The love affair of prosecco

The soaring popularity of prosecco started in the UK around six years ago and consumption has  doubled since then. Interestingly, prosecco is one of the least calorific bottles on the wine shelf at only 80 calories per flute, compared to a glass of white wine at 140 calories. Of course, this is good for those cutting down on the numbers, but for everyone, it’s not so much of a good story when it comes to your teeth.

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Speaking to the Independent, Professor Damien Walmsley, scientific adviser for the British Dental Association, commented: “Prosecco offers a triple whammy of carbonation, sweetness and alcohol, which can put your teeth at risk, leading to sensitivity and enamel erosion.

“Carbonated beverages get their fizz from the release of carbon dioxide, which dissolves into carbonic acid. This provides a refreshing taste but also makes these drink more acidic. Asses to that, the prosecco comes with about one teaspoon of sugar per flute.”

It’s no wonder why people are having to visit their dental hygienists on a regular basis.

The warning signs of prosecco smile

The signs and symptoms of tooth decay shouldn’t be ignored, so make sure you book an appointment with your local Bath dental clinic or other dental service if you have these symptoms:

  • Toothache or tooth sensitivity
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Grey, brown or black spots on your teeth
  • An unpleasant taste in your mouth

Furthermore, Dr Mervyn Druian, of the London Centre for Cosmetic Dentistry, commented: The signs of a 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.”

What can I do to avoid tooth decay?

Apart from cutting down on drinking prosecco, there are alternative ways to avoid tooth decay and tooth loss:

  • Avoid brushing your teeth an hour after drinking prosecco, as the acid and sugar can attack and erode the enamel which protects your teeth.
  • Look into dental hygiene treatments or even veneer procedures which can effectively reduce the risk of tooth loss. Is definitely worth the time and money to protect the teeth in the long-run, causing fewer problems in the future.
  • Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol excessively. The tobacco in cigarettes can interfere with saliva production which contributes to healthy, clean teeth.

 

Widcombe Dental Practice

If you need more information on tooth decay or tooth loss and are looking for effective Veneer treatments in Bath, as well as other dental services to help combat the effects of sugar, contact our professional team at Widcombe Dental Practice today.

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