This article previously appeared on marie claire.
We all learnt in primary school that Coke is one of the worst things for your teeth, but never in a million years would we have thought that another fizzy, sugar-iffic drink would have the same effect: except it does, and its name is prosecco.
We’re not crying. You are.
It gets worse: so acute are the effects of over-indulging, and so widespread, that dentists have dubbed it ‘prosecco smile.’
Dr Meryn Druian of the London Centre for Cosmetic Dentistry told the Daily Mail that dentists are seeing people – predominantly women – whose teeth enamel has been worn away by the Italian sparkling wine.
Little did we know, but not only does prosecco contain more sugar than Champagne – about a teaspoon per glass - it also contains higher levels of highly acidic carbon dioxide (the stuff that makes it delightfully bubbly, but also ruins your teeth).
But before you drown your sorrows in a glass of tooth-friendly vodka soda, know this: Dr Druian doesn’t demand you cut out your favourite tipple entirely. “But we advise our patients to cut down and not to forget to brush their teeth a pro-enamel toothpaste when they get home,” he told the Daily Mail.
He also suggests diluting drinks with ice or drinking through a straw.