Consuming alcohol is a pretty common pastime here in the United States. In fact, statistics show that 50 percent of American have had a drink in the last month, 70 percent have had a drink in the past year. Many people are at least aware of the fact that alcohol isn’t the best substance for your teeth. However, not many realize just how bad it really is. Alcohol can damage your teeth in many different ways, and its consumption has been shown to cause widespread tooth decay, which may result in your need for a tooth restoration treatment. Today, Drs. Elam, Vaughan, and Fleming are blogging from their office to talk about some of the ways that alcohol works to corrupt your teeth, dimming and damaging your beautiful smile.
Patients should be sure to stay away from alcoholic beverages that are carbonated, such as champagne and certain spritzers. The reason for this is the fact that carbonic acid is used to carbonate liquids. Carbonic acid is dangerous for our teeth because it can eat away at the enamel that keeps them safe from conditions like tooth decay. Drink too much carbonated alcohol and your teeth will have a higher chance of becoming infected, resulting in the need for their extraction.
High Sugar Content
Some alcoholic beverages are very high in sugar content. Sugar is bad for our teeth because it gets caught on their surface. And, when left alone, this sugar attracts bacteria to your teeth. Using the sugar present on your teeth, this bacteria will create acids that will proceed to eat away at your teeth, potentially weakening them to the point where they will need to be removed.
When you mix beverages with alcohol, your teeth must now deal with the negative effects of both substances. The most common drink that alcohol is mixed with is soda, which is both high in sugar content and carbonated. Both of these substances, as we’ve said above, are bad for your teeth, and can possibly result in missing teeth.
Alcohol is actually a diuretic, which means it will increase the rate at which you urinate. The most common cause of this increase in urination is dry mouth. What many people don’t realize about saliva is that it actually works to remove dangerous bacteria from our teeth. So when you drink alcohol and your mouth dries, you are actually losing one of the strongest defenders for your teeth.
Failing to Brush
The last thing you probably want to do after a long night of drinking is take the time to brush your teeth. However, it is very important that you do not give in to this urge as failing to brush your teeth leaves all of the sugar and carbonation from your drinks stuck to your teeth, where it will continue to eat away at them until you eventually brush.
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Has your smile been damaged because you drank too much alcohol? Would you like to find out what kind of options are available to you when it comes time to restore your missing teeth? If so, we encourage you to contact our office and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Drs. Elam, Vaughan, and Fleming today. We are ready and willing to work with you to determine the best treatments for your needs, so contact us today.