Dentists issue decay warning over prosecco trend

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Dentists have warned that our growing obsession with prosecco is contributing to dental decay. Prosecco, a sparkling drink, which offers a cheaper alternative to Champagne is the drink du jour this summer, and dentists are worried that its popularity is putting the nation’s dental health at risk.

Many people love a glass of refreshing prosecco on a summer’s day, but dentists are warning that the high sugar content and low pH value could be contributing to decay. Dr Mervyn Druian, from the London Centre for Cosmetic Dentistry, said that it’s very common for people, especially young women, to crack open a bottle of prosecco and not think twice about having a few glasses. Unlike bottles of wine, which tend to be ordered with a meal, people drink prosecco throughout the day, especially at the weekend and it’s “very easy” to get through a few glasses without really even realising.

Dr Druian is concerned that people are unaware of the dangers of ‘prosecco smile’ and has advised those drink it on a regular basis to take notice of the potential dental risks attached to frequent consumption. The advice from dentists is to moderate our intake of sugar and acidic foods and drinks, especially between meals. Signs of dental damage may include heightened sensitivity, tooth pain and the development of a white line by the gum line, which is tender to touch.

The British Dental Association’s scientific adviser, Professor Damien Walmsley, suggested that prosecco is a “triple whammy” thanks to its acidity, carbonation and sugar content.

Last year alone, more than 40 million litres of prosecco were consumed in the UK.

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