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Is Prosecco bad for your teeth?

Is prosecco bad for you? some British dentists have recently claimed that prosecco causes chronic tooth decay.

Newspapers used extreme headlines, as for example the “Daily Post” in Wales, which wrote that prosecco “could be rotting your teeth”, and even more, “The popular tipple is causing a rather horrifying dental issue being dubbed prosecco smile.”

The Guardian gave six reasons to give up prosecco based on the consideration that it causes bad hangovers and gets you drunk fast.

The Italian reaction to this unjustified attack to one of their best-selling products all over the world, was pretty harsh. The newspaper “Corriere della sera” wrote, “Prosecco has become one of the symbols of the difficult future relationship between Britain and the rest of Europe”.

Maurizio Martina, the agriculture minister, wrote in a tweet: “Dear Guardian, tell the truth – prosecco makes British people smile too! Stop fake news please.”

The UK is now the biggest market in the world for prosecco, which is even more popular than Champagne. Italy sold 366 million euros worth of prosecco to the UK last year, an increase of 33 per cent on 2015.

The newspaper Il Messagero wrote, it was “a new campaign by the United Kingdom against Made in Italy products”.

“Corriere della Sera” stressed the point: “In the Brexit era, London can do nothing more than try to limit imports from the EU and increase the consumption, in this case, of English sparkling wines”.

Prof Mario Aimetti, the president of an association of dentists said there was nothing to justify this crusade against prosecco and the accusation that it is damaging to teeth. There are many drinks and types of food that can cause cavities, but it’s difficult to single out prosecco as a particularly dangerous product. Prosecco doesn’t harm health more than other drinks. The real danger is if you don’t maintain dental hygiene.

Was it all a storm in a tea cup? Apparently yes. The British Dental Association which was the source of the controversial news said it had no specific agenda against prosecco, and that the fizzy wine, like other food and drink products with lots of sugar, needed to be consumed in moderation. Prosecco is a bit sweeter than Champagne, but it is down to the frequency with which it is drunk and whether it is consumed with food or on its own.

When in Rome do as Romans do! One should keep in mind that Italians always have prosecco with food and don’t drink cheap knock-offs just to get drunk. 

Giulia Lombardo

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