What Role Does Alcohol Play in Your Oral Health?
The British Dental Journal recently released the results of a study that deals with the way alcohol impacts our oral health. The information indicates that there are many areas where it can compromise your oral health. Bad breath, dental staining, periodontal (gum) disease, and oral cancer can all be related to alcohol consumption.
The Effects of Alcohol on Your Oral Health
Bad breath: It turns out that there is a relationship between alcohol consumption and bad breath. It’s not so much what type of drink you consume as it is the fact that alcohol is dehydrating, which can lead to bad breath. Dry mouth can also put you at increased risk for gum disease and tooth decay.
- Gum disease: The study suggest that consuming alcohol is a risk factor for periodontitis or advanced gum disease.
- Dental staining: Drinking both red and white wine deposits tannins on your dental enamel and stain your teeth. Beverages like beer and ale contain acid that can damage tooth enamel and lead to staining.
- Oral Cancer: Numerous studies show that drinking alcohol is linked to oral cancer. While research continues, some studies estimate that over 30 percent of oral cancers worldwide can be attributed to alcohol use.
Consume in Moderation
Drinking alcohol is fine in moderation. But if you are a heavy drinker (more than 21 alcoholic beverages in a week), you put your oral and overall health at risk.
If you are a drinker, preventive care is essential to stay a step ahead of dental disease, so be sure to follow proper oral hygiene and stay current with all scheduled appointments for cleanings and exams.
As noted above, alcohol can leave ugly stains on your teeth, but your dentist in Cumberland offers cosmetic dentistry like professional teeth whitening, veneers, and bonding to restore your smile.
Give German Church Road Dentistry a Call
If you are a drinker and worry about the impact it has on your oral health, please call our office to make an appointment with Dr. Dane Uhl and one of our hygienists. They have many helpful tips for drinkers to ensure that you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.