If Prosecco is your favourite tipple, you may have heard some vicious rumours recently that it has a pretty bad effect on your teeth. Unfortunately, much of the evidence suggests that this is largely true, not just of Prosecco but other acidic wines. Of course, like many things in life much depends on how many glasses of Prosecco you like to drink. If you regularly have a couple of bottles in the fridge, you may like to read the rest of this article and change your drinking behaviour.
What is Prosecco?
Prosecco is a sparkling Italian white wine, a kind of cheaper version of champagne and it is very popular in the UK.
Why is Prosecco Damaging?
As with most other white wines, Prosecco is filled with sugar and it’s acidic which means it’s not that good for your teeth. The wine comes in different types: Brut, extra dry and dry. The brut contains about 12 gr of sugar per litre of wine. The extra dry has between 12 and 17 gr per litre. The trouble with sweeter wines is that they tend to be consumed more and that means your teeth are exposed to a greater degree of acidity. We all have some degree of plaque on our teeth. This is a thin film that contains bacteria. When we have sweet things, these bacteria consume it and produce acid which goes to work on your tooth enamel and, over time, begins to erode it.
What About Other Wines?
We’re picking on Prosecco here but most white wines are acidic and have an impact on your teeth if you drink too much. Reisling is a lot more acidic than Prosecco while red wines have less of an impact but can stain your teeth more. Alcohol in higher quantities can also dry out the mouth and make it easier for bacteria to develop.
How to Prevent Prossecco Ruining Your Teeth
There are several things that you can do to reduce your risk of damaging the enamel on your teeth if you drink a sparkling wine like Prosecco. It may be a tasty treat but reducing your intake is good for your health in many different ways.
As with most things in life, moderation is key. If you drink a glass of wine, one solution is to follow this up with a drink of water soon after. This washes the acid away and reduces the risk of erosion taking hold. Another option is to eat some cheese with your wine – that’s because a little bit of camembert or brie can counteract that acidity. If you’ve had a few glasses one evening, make sure to brush your teeth after about half an hour to an hour once you have finished. If you’ve been out to a party and overdone things, don’t ignore cleaning your teeth and drop straight into bed. Make that special effort to give your teeth a clean. Finally, you’ll want to visit your dentist regularly, especially if you like a glass or two in the evening when you get back from work.
We suggest booking an appointment for a check-up every six months or so. This will help spot any problems early and ensure that your teeth stay in good shape. While a wine like Prosecco can have a bad effect on your teeth, that doesn’t mean you need to give it up completely. A little more moderation and paying attention to your dental hygiene routine should mean you don’t have too many problems with your teeth in the future.