Before You Take That Next Drink, You Should Know the Effect of Alcohol on Dental Health
Recently, the British Dental Journal published the results of a study dealing with the impact that alcohol has on our oral health. The study concluded that there are indeed numerous areas where alcohol consumption can affect your oral health, including bad breath, periodontal disease, dental staining, and oral cancer.
How Alcohol Impacts Your Oral Health
- Bad breath: While more research needs to be done in this area, it was found that there’s a significant relationship between bad breath (halitosis) and alcohol consumption. Bad breath is often attributed to dry mouth, inadequate oral hygiene, and an increased risk for gum disease.
- Periodontal disease: Current evidence suggests that consuming alcohol is a risk factor for advanced gum disease known as periodontitis.
- Dental staining: Tannins in both red and white wine build up on your dental enamel and stain your teeth. Certain alcoholic beverages like beer and ale also contain acid that damages tooth enamel and promotes staining.
- Oral Cancer: Alcohol consumption has also been linked to oral cancer. Estimates indicate that more than 30 percent of all oral cancer cases worldwide can be attributed to alcohol use.
Please Call Alafaya Dentistry to Learn More
The key to consuming alcohol without risking your oral health is to use moderation.
You can also protect your oral health by remembering to brush and floss after you go out and indulge. Staying current with preventive visits for exams and cleanings are also critical for keeping your smile bright.
Call Your Orlando Dentist
It’s not uncommon for alcohol to affect the appearance of your smile, and at our Orlando, FL dental office, we offer cosmetic dentistry services to resolve these esthetic issues.
If you consume alcohol and are worried that it’s affecting your oral health, please call Alafaya Dentistry. We will be happy to arrange an exam with Dr. Gary Michaelson so he can see if there are any potential problems that need to be addressed.