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The Impact of Alcohol Consumption on Dental Health


Posted on 9/25/2023 by Dr. Dani Stansell
The Impact of Alcohol Consumption on Dental HealthAlcohol use can greatly affect our oral health. When it comes to consuming alcohol, moderation is the key. A few sips of alcohol will not hurt much but drinking too much or for a long time will cause teeth problems.

Dry Mouth


A dry mouth, or xerostomia, is brought on by consuming too much alcohol. Alcohol is a great nuisance and a diuretic. You become dehydrated and have a dry mouth as a result of its fondness for making you urinate more. Saliva, however, flushes out food particles, balances acidity, and prevents bacteria from forming in the mouth. However, tooth decay and gum disease are caused due to not having enough saliva in the mouth.

Destroys Enamel


Too much alcohol consumption and poor oral hygiene are frequently linked. Too much alcohol consumption destroys the protective enamel that protects your pearly whites. Your teeth weaken due to developing cavities, sensitivity, and discoloration.

A terrible diet is caused by drinking too much alcohol. Cocktails and mixers that are high in sugar cause tooth disease and the erosion of the protective enamel. Do not overlook the oral lesions, also known as leukoplakia, which are white spots in the mouth. They appear on the tongue and the inside of the mouth.

Causes Oral Cancer


A higher likelihood of oral cancer should be expected. Things become worse when alcohol and cigarettes combine. Your mouth's cells become messed up by the drink's toxins, which also facilitate the creation of malignant growths. Excessive drinking can also lead to unsuccessful dental procedures. After oral surgery, for example, the healing process is interrupted, infections settle in, and tooth implants begin to malfunction.

Fluoride toothpaste should be used to brush teeth twice a day. Flossers should also be used, and you should allow the dentist to do the work during checks and cleanings. Consume plenty of water to stay hydrated. It prevents dry mouth as well. Please get in touch with us to schedule an appointment.



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