You may have already heard that drinking alcohol in excess can have severe consequences for your health - affecting your liver, your heart and impairing your mental abilities. But did you know that drinking alcohol can also have a negative impact on your oral health as well?
Irritated Gum TissueAlcohol is made up of sugar and acidic components. Your gum tissues are sensitive. Repeated exposure to alcohol can easily irritate these tissues, leading to inflammation.
And when your gums are inflamed, they pull away from your teeth, bacteria can sneak underneath, and start attacking your jawbone, the roots of your teeth, and your teeth's supporting structures.
Dry MouthYour mouth relies on saliva. Saliva is not only important for digestion, it is also an important factor in oral health. It is your mouth's natural defense against oral bacteria, containing enzymes that kill them. It also washes away lingering food particles.
Alcohol has a drying effect, and interferes with your body's ability to produce saliva. As a result, your mouth becomes dry. This is the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive. And an excess of oral bacteria quickly leads to gum disease.
Poor Oral Health PracticesIn order to keep your teeth and your gums healthy, regular brushing and flossing are necessary. You should be brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily, along with visiting your dentist twice a year, for the best results.
However, those who drink alcohol, especially in excess, have a tendency to ignore these crucial habits. As a result, your oral health begins to suffer, and gum disease eventually sets in. And continuing to ignore gum disease eventually leads to tooth loss.
The best way to keep your mouth healthy is to limit your alcohol consumption while maintaining a good oral hygiene routine. If you have any questions, be sure to consult with your dentist.
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