Oh, Prosecco, say it Isn’t So!
- Posted on: May 30 2018
Just like trends in fashion change from time to time, we also notice certain patterns that revolve around food and beverage consumption. For example, in recent years, sales of Prosecco, the sweet sister of champagne, have started to soar. Prosecco is a lovely sparkling wine that is a hit at summertime gatherings due to its lightness. Before you indulge, you may want to take note of the way this tasty treat could do terrible things to your teeth.
The Danger that Lurks in Your Glass
You may already be aware of the two primary dangers that lurk in common beverages: sugar and acid. These two fundamental ingredients are often found in soft drinks and sports drinks, which explains the prevalence of tooth erosion and decay in children and teens.
There aren’t many people who haven’t heard that sugar can cause tooth decay. The reason that dentists encourage patients to limit the sugary foods they eat is that sugar feeds bacteria, and there are always large numbers of bacteria in the mouth. It just so happens that sugar is a favorite among the various types of microorganisms in the mouth. Sugar consumption among bacteria results in acidic byproduct that depletes minerals like calcium from enamel, which results in tooth decay and erosion.
It’s Not Just Sugar
Prosecco gets it sweet notes from approximately one teaspoon of sugar per glass. But there’s more. Data also suggests that a glass of this sparkling wine has about the same acid content as a can of soda. If you’re a numbers person, that is about 3.25 pH on a scale where battery acid sits at zero. Combining sugar with low pH makes Prosecco a doubly risky beverage of choice.
It’s easy to think that sipping on sparkling wine is harmless. When this type of beverage is consumed on occasion, that may be true. More frequent consumption has been linked to enamel erosion, though. When enamel erodes, it becomes crumbly. Over time, this can cause irreparable damage.
Protecting your Teeth
We cannot point only to Prosecco as a danger to teeth. As stated, soft drinks and sports drinks can also erode vital structure. Furthermore, we cannot say that periodic indulgence cannot happen. Really, life would be incredibly boring if we never treated our senses. We offer information regarding the potentially harmful effects of foods and drinks because it allows you to know what to cut back on and how to minimize risks with proper oral care, such as swishing water in the mouth after a glass of bubbly.
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