Alcoholic drinks account for 11% of the UK population’s daily intake of added sugar. Despite this, many people forget to factor in what they drink when calculating daily sugar intake.
All alcoholic beverages contain some sugar, and this will affect your teeth. How many people remember to brush their teeth after a big night out? Brushing your teeth before bed is the most important time to do so and will help prevent a number of problems.
Salvia is produce when we talk, eat and drink and provides a barrier between our teeth and bacteria; we produce less salvia when we sleep so need to make sure we have brushed our teeth and gums correctly before bed. Alcohol will also cause acid erosion; the white protective calcium coating on the surface of the teeth starts to dissolve. This is because the acid softens enamel, allowing some of its calcium content to leach out, weakening its structure. When enamel is eventually worn away, nerves underneath can be exposed, leading to sensitivity and pain.
Most alcoholic drinks are extremely acidic, with sparkling beverages at least as acidic as orange juice. As a rule, dry, sparkling wines are the worst of all alcoholic drinks, as the bubbles in them are caused by carbon dioxide, which is acidic. You’d be better picking a less acidic, flat wine over prosecco or champagne.
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