What The Hell Is A ‘Prosecco Smile’? The Ugly Side Of Drinking Bubbles

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OK, those late night texts you sent to your ex/boss/dad after a bottle of the stuff drunk through a straw at midnight are a pretty negative side effect of drinking too much Prosecco. But have you heard of the dreaded ‘Prosecco smile’?

Dentists have issued a stark warning over the damaging effects chugging too many bubbles has on our teeth. Prosecco is particularly high in sugar, the excessive consumption of which, combined with its acidity, could lead to decay and even toothlessness.

Dr Mervyn Druian, of the London Centre for Cosmetic Dentistry, told the Daily Mail: “The signs of Prosecco smile are where the teeth come out of the gum. It starts with a white line just below the gum, which if you probe it is a little bit soft, and that is the beginning of tooth decay which can lead to fillings and dental work.”


While men, too, do enjoy the odd glass, the warning was particularly aimed at female drinkers (questionable), as “unlike wine, it is very easy to keep sipping without noticing”.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Professor Damien Walmsley, scientific adviser for the British Dental Association, said Prosecco presents a “triple whammy of carbonation, sweetness and alcohol” which can lead to the erosion of tooth enamel.

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“Carbonated beverages get their fizz from the release of carbon dioxide, which dissolves into carbonic acid. This provides a refreshing taste but also makes these drinks more acidic. Added to that, Prosecco comes with about one teaspoon of sugar per flute.”

What they failed to mention is just how much of the stuff you can tuck away before you start seeing the side effects. We’re guessing its more than a glass or two every other wedding. And that none of you are drinking it for breakfast.

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Originally published on 30th August 2017