• Amir Rahimdel

How Does Alcohol Impact My Teeth?

Updated: Jan 7, 2019


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If you were to ask a random adult about the first thought that comes to mind when they hear key terms such as “entertainment” or “party” or “socializing,” chances are they might bring up alcohol. We all know too well that alcoholic beverages play a prominent role in social venues. We may also be very well aware of the detrimental effects of the consumption of alcohol towards your liver and other vital organs. However, how often have you questioned how alcohol affects your oral health? According to an article on www.healthline.com, there is a correlation between the over-consumption of alcohol and gum disease, tooth decay, and mouth sores. Furthermore, in terms of oral cancer, alcohol abuse is the second most common risk factor (1). Additionally, higher plaque levels and a higher likelihood in encountering tooth loss can be found amongst those who consume alcohol excessively (1). While there is not much evidence indicating a significant correlation between moderate drinking and a risk for tooth/mouth disease, there may still be an impact in the form of teeth stains and/or mouth dryness. While New Years may not be New Years without alcoholic beverages, it is best to keep in mind that there are detrimental short term and long term effects of alcoholic consumption towards your oral health and your overall health. That being said, let’s proceed towards the new year with healthier alternatives!



References


Carey, Elea. "What Does Alcohol Do to Your Teeth?" Healthline. Accessed December 31, 2018. https://www.healthline.com/health/dental-and-oral-health/what-does-alcohol-do-to-your-teeth#teeth.

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