By Shaun Wooller
The weekend treats deliver a double blow to gnashers with sugar from the drink then acid from heartburn
Prosecco brunches are causing dramatic rise in tooth decay, experts warn
The result is erosion to teeth enamel that cannot be reversed, says Dr Ben Atkins of the Oral Health Foundation.
He is now seeing two patients a month with acid issues and warned: “The concern with bottomless brunches is the amount of alcohol consumed. If someone has heartburn, you’re going to get acid in the mouth. Irreversible damage to teeth from acid can occur in 24 months.”
Dr Milad Shadrooh, known as the Singing Dentist on YouTube, is also concerned about the “Prosecco smile”.
He said: “The acidic nature of the drink causes the damage because of the way you drink it.
“It hits your front teeth first and then rolls down and goes back over the top of the back teeth before you swallow it.
“Erosion means the front teeth will start to look greyish because of enamel erosion.”
People can limit damage by using a straw, sipping water, eating cheese — an alkali — and chewing gum to stimulate saliva to wash away the acid.