A realistic look at this recent media news story.
Whether you are a local patient from Cheshunt, Goffs Oak or Hoddeson, the chances are that you may have, at some time, drunk Prosecco. This drink, which has become very popular in the UK, has recently hit the the headlines with claims that it is causing a great deal of damage to the nation’s teeth. The Italians are, perhaps understandably, a little annoyed at this criticism of a popular export.
So, why is it claimed that Prosecco can damage the teeth? As with many teeth damaging products, it is, of course, its high sugar content that causes the problem. Add to that the dry mouth sometimes experienced by people after they drink alcohol, and gum disease could also be a potential issue.
Should I stop drinking Prosecco?
Whilst, at The Lodge Dental Suite, we will always encourage our patients to try to reduce the amount of sugars that they consume, that doesn’t mean that we want you to stop enjoying yourself. Presuming that you are drinking alcohol in a social manner and are not becoming dependent on it, drinking alcohol in moderation is completely acceptable if drunk responsibly.
What can cause damage to your teeth, even if you only consume drinks such as Prosecco occasionally, is not taking into account the damage that can be caused if you neglect to keep your teeth clean. The key to good oral health is not only to take care of what you eat and drink, but to make sure that you look after your teeth and gums on a regular basis.
Whether you eat chocolate, or drink sugary drinks, alcoholic or not, the longer the sugars remain on your teeth and gums, the more likely it is that damage could follow.
Keep them clean!
Moderating your intake of sugary products is always good, but however much you consume, always make sure to brush and floss your teeth, especially before bedtime when you have been eating and drinking. Make sure to floss between your teeth too to help keep gum disease at bay. Remember too, to make sure that you keep regular appointments with both the dentist and hygienist at our Cheshunt dental practice. Professional dental care, as well as good home care is critical if you want to keep your teeth and gums in optimum health.
If you haven’t seen a dentist or hygienist for some time, (whether you drink Prosecco or not!) we recommend that you do so as soon as possible. Patients from Cheshunt and local areas such as Hoddesdon and Goff’s Oak, can call The Lodge Dental Suite on 01992 643388 to arrange an appointment with one of our friendly dental team.