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Your Teeth Exposed to Alcohol

Posted on 8/25/2016 by Anthony M. DiCesare
A woman drinking a glass of wine.Alcohol can have some very damaging effects on your teeth. Something that every addict knows, when you take your teeth into consideration following recovering from alcohol addiction is that your teeth have paid a serious price.

A reconstructive dentist noted that alcoholics face three very serious dental issues from consumption:

•  Alcohol has irritated the soft tissue inside their mouth. The tissue in your mouth is very delicate, and the alcoholic products can be very corrosive to those soft tissues, including your gums, cheeks and skin. This leads to much higher incidence of gum disease, and as the gum corrodes, it can no longer support your teeth.
•  Alcohol reduces the amount of saliva that produces naturally. Saliva is a protective barrier that your body constantly produces. It lowers levels of plaque and removes food particles and bacteria in your mouth. When limited, the patient has a disorder known as dry mouth, and dry mouth can be disastrous for your teeth.
•  Finally, alcohol is chemicals that you are introducing to your tissue. It can affect the way that your soft tissue cells divide and significantly increase your risk of developing oral related cancers. Alcoholism is the second highest risk factor, behind smoking, for the development of oral cancer.

Pure alcohol on its own would not damage the hard enamel layer of your teeth, however, most people don't drink just pure alcohol. Most drinks, including beer, liquor and all types of mixed drinks have high sugar content and along with it high acidity. It is the high sugar and acid that will work to break down the outer hard layer of enamel that protects your teeth.

When drinking alcohol, think of your teeth. Don't drink too much, drink water afterwards, and be sure to brush before you go to bed.

Please contact us if you have any questions about alcohol's effect on your oral health.
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