DENTAL HEALTH UPDATE by Andrew Biffen DMD

COCKTAIL CONTROVERSY

It has recently been noted that a popular cocktail can erode tooth enamel and give rise to cavities. The Aperol Spritz is an Italian-inspired cocktail that combines Prosecco (a less-expensive alternative to Champagne) and Aperol (an Italian aperitif composed of bitter orange, rhubarb, and other ingredients). As it turns out, drinking too much of this popular cocktail exposes teeth to the residual sugars and acids that sufficiently eat away at enamel to cause what has come to be known as the “prosecco smile.” Of course, there is nothing new in all this, in that dentists and health professionals have long advised against drinking carbonated beverages, which get their fizz from the release of carbon dioxide, which dissolves into carbonic acid.

If you have questions about protecting your teeth’s enamel, be sure to discuss your concerns with us. We bring you our bi-weekly dental column in order to keep you up-to-date on the latest research, innovations, and procedures available in dentistry today and to inform our friends and neighbors here in East Stroudsburg of the many benefits of regular dental care. New patients are always welcome at our state-of-the-art office. We are in network with Delta Dental and are considered a preferred discount dentist for Cigna Dental.

P.S. With respect to consuming acidic and sugary foods and drinks, moderation is key. It also helps to rinse with water after consuming foods that pose a danger to tooth enamel.

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