Most people don’t realize that drinking alcohol can cause severe tooth damage. Beer, liquor and mixed drinks contain high amounts of sugar and acid. Sugar and acid break down the tooth enamel that protects your teeth. Ultimately leading to cavities, tooth decay and/or gum disease.
Effects of Alcohol on Teeth
The saliva in your mouth acts as your body’s natural antibacterial cleanser. Alcohol decreases the saliva, preventing it from washing away the bacteria and plaque build-up in the mouth. Drinking excessively can put your oral health at risk. It can cause:
- Damage to the soft tissue in the mouth
- Infections or abscesses in the mouth
- Poor oral hygiene
- Tooth erosion
- Periodontal disease
- Gum recession
- Tooth decay and tooth loss
Alcohol Stains Your Teeth
Alcoholic beverages can stain your teeth because they are very acidic and contain tannins (polyphenol found in plants, fruit skins, leaves, and bark). Tannins are found in both red and white wines so if you think that only drinking white wine will prevent the discoloration of your teeth, you are mistaken.
While you may not be ready to give that daily glass of wine (or other alcoholic beverage) you can still practice good oral habits including:
- Brushing your teeth right away
- Rinsing your mouth with water
- Seeing your dentist for regular check-ups
About Our Practice
Dr. Maria Colucciello, Dr. Jerry Berkow and the team at West Annapolis Family Dentistry believe in educating our patients on the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and good oral health. Contact us today and schedule an appointment so that we can help you with all of your dental needs and concerns.