It is estimated that 56 percent of adults have consumed alcohol within the past month. Moderate alcohol consumption will likely not cause you any harm. However, excess alcohol consumption can lead to oral health problems.
Problems Caused by Excess Alcohol Consumption
Many alcoholic beverages can be very high in sugar. Excess sugar intake can increase the risk of cavities. The sugar can feed on bacteria, which can cause tooth decay.
Beverages with a high alcohol content can cause dry mouth. This can lead to bad breath. It can also increase your chance of developing cavities. The mouth needs saliva in order to remove plaque and bacteria from the mouth.
Certain types of alcohol, such as red wine and white whine, can stain your teeth. Even if you are brushing and flossing, it can still be difficult to remove stains from your teeth. That is why many people will have to get a professional teeth whitening.
Ruin Your Enamel
The enamel is the thin substance that covers the outer layer of your teeth. Alcoholic beverages have a tendency to be acidic. The acid can erode your enamel. Many people put a lime or orange in their alcohol, and this can make the drink even more acidic.
Alcohol consumption can put you at risk for gum disease. The sugar in alcohol can irritate the gums and cause inflammation. This can lead to swelling and bleeding in the gums. It is important to have gum disease treated as soon as possible. Untreated gum disease will lead to periodontitis, which will destroy the gum tissue and cause the teeth to separate from the gums. It can also lead to tooth loss. We offer laser gum recontouring that can help you.
Gum disease is the top cause of tooth loss in adults. Furthermore, gum disease can lead to other health issues, such as diabetes and heart disease.
If you think your alcohol consumption has Ruined your Oral Health, Mouth, and Teeth Call our Cosmetic Dentist office today for an Appointment at 480.860.0092