Alcohol and Your Teeth

Alcohol and Your Teeth

Why alcohol is not a friend of oral health!

Most people like a drink, and, like many things in life, alcohol taken in moderation should cause few problems with your oral health, providing, of course, that you brush and floss regularly.

Alcohol though, taken in larger amounts or on a regular basis, can have some negative effects on your teeth and gums. We take a look at some possible alcohol related issues below:

Dry Mouth

Anyone who drinks has most likely experienced waking up with a dry mouth in the morning. This is, of course, caused by dehydration and may seem like nothing more than a minor inconvenience.

The reality though is that your mouth is likely to have been in this condition for several hours, during which the number of bacteria that can lead to gum disease will have increased.

These bacteria attack the teeth and gums and can cause soreness or bleeding of the gums. If not treated, this can eventually lead to tooth loss. So, if you do drink, please make sure that you are well hydrated before going to bed.

Infections

Alcohol also causes the tiny blood vessels in the gums to narrow which in turn leads to a reduction in blood flow to these areas. Because of the reduced amount of blood flowing to this area, infections are more likely and any healing time for wounds is likely to be extended. This is especially important to note for patients of Blue Sky Dental who are planning to have dental implants placed.

Sugars and Alco Pops

All alcoholic drinks contain sugar; it is part of the fermentation process. As we know, sugar attacks the enamel of the teeth leaving them open to decay and other problems.

Whilst even ‘bitter’ beers contain sugar, many drinks aimed at the younger generation are very high in sugar indeed and are likely to cause dental problems if drunk regularly or in excess.

Accidents

It goes without saying that, when under the influence of alcohol, the risk of having an accident is increased. Whilst our Chelmsford dentists can perform many procedures to restore teeth following an accident, we would much prefer it if these did not occur in the first instance and reducing alcohol intake, especially for regular drinkers, will make accidents  less likely.

If you do feel that your social habits may be having a detrimental effect on your teeth and gums, we are happy to see you and offer advice and create an action plan to restore your mouth to good health. For more information, please call Blue Sky Dental’s Chelmsford practice on 01245 211070.

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