There are a number of oral health problems that can arise from drinking alcohol. If you practice good oral hygiene, alcohol in moderation may not hurt your oral health too much. However, if you are a heavy drinker or have poor oral health, drinking alcohol could cause staining, cavities, gum disease, and more.
If you find that you are drinking too much alcohol, you may be putting your oral health as well as your overall health in danger. How does this happen? Well, if you drink more than the recommended about, one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men, you may have less good bacteria in your mouth. The absence of this increases the number of bad bacteria which can lead to gum disease, heart disease, and cancer.
Along with cavities, more than the recommended amount of alcohol can cause stained teeth and dry mouth. Just like sugar and carbonated drinks, the acids inside of alcohol erode your teeth, which increases your risk for tooth decay. If you do drink alcohol, use a straw and sip water while drinking to limit the amount of acid on your teeth.
Remember, it is always best to consume alcohol in moderation. After you have a few drinks, be sure that you brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes to ensure proper brushing and the removal of the sugars that are in your drinks. If you have any questions, you can always ask Dr. Cox at Cox Family Dentistry and book your appointment today.