You’re not going to like this story if you’re a Prosecco drinker, or even a wine lover.
For a very long time, there have been many stories about how a little wine is a great thing for your health. Well, wouldn’t you know, someone would come along an buzz kill your buzz.
Blame the New York Times for the bad news.
The Italians were particularly incensed by headlines, that, like The Daily Post in Wales, cautioned that prosecco “could be rotting your teeth, warn experts.”
The article added for good measure, “The popular tipple is causing a rather horrifying dental issue being dubbed ‘prosecco smile.’ ”
In its salvo, The Guardian gave six reasons to give up prosecco, including the claim that hangovers caused by the drink “have a particular quality, like having your eyeballs removed and replaced by pear drops. I do not like that.”
HuffPo followed up with this:
That’s according to a leading dentist who said the sparkling beverage is leading to increased levels of tooth erosion and decay.
Dr Richard Coates, from Riveredge Cosmetic Dentistry in Sunderland and Newcastle, issued the warning after figures revealed that people in the UK consumed 77 million litres of Prosecco last year compared to just two million litres in 2009.
Carbonated soft drinks and fizzy alcohol are both capable of causing huge amounts of damage to teeth because of acid erosion, which can damage both dentine and enamel.
But according to Dr Coates, Prosecco is twice as problematic than other drinks.
“Prosecco is the double whammy – the acidity causes erosion but because it’s so sweet, it also contributes to tooth decay,” he said.
“It is much worse than Champagne because that isn’t so sweet.”
Such a bummer! I love Prosecco, but I love my teeth, more.