Is Alcohol Healthy For Your Oral Health?
We are now spending more time in our homes than ever before. This means that some bad habits may be increasing, like spending too much time with our eyes glued to a screen or drinking more alcohol.
Of course, drinking a little bit of your favourite wine is not bad for you. The problem lies in the amount you drink, as it can cause some serious oral health issues. This may come as a surprise to you as this is not widely spoken about.
But did you know that a bottle of sweet white wine has about 15g of sugar? Or that wine has more acidity than coffee?
You may think that it is not that big of a deal, but let’s see why this is a very serious issue.
Why Is Alcohol Bad For Your Oral Health
As mentioned before, certain alcoholic drinks come packed with sugar. The effects of too much sugar on our teeth is plaque, a mixture made when sugar, saliva, and bacteria combine. Plaque left on our teeth can cause our enamel to dissolve, thus giving way to cavities and even tooth decay.
A cavity left unchecked can slowly affect the nerves in your tooth, which can cause extremely painful toothaches. There is also a possibility that it causes a tooth abscess which requires immediate dental intervention.
Another oral health issue that alcohol can cause is tooth erosion. Tooth erosion occurs when you have too much acidity in your mouth, and alcoholic beverages can be as bad (in terms of acidity) as a soft drink.
What is tooth erosion? It is when the hard part of your dental tissue begins to wear away, without the involvement of bacteria. This will cause the softer part of your teeth to be exposed. Left untreated, this will cause lots of pain and sensitivity in the affected area.
In addition, Alcohol has a drying effect in the mouth and should be avoided by people who already suffer from Dry Mouth, most notably those who experience Dry Mouth due to the use of multiple medications.
One last oral health issue caused by alcohol we will discuss today is gum disease. Just as our teeth, our gums are very susceptible to sugar and acidity. The early stage of gum disease is gingivitis, which is the bleeding of the gums.
If we continue to drink too much alcohol, then we can develop periodontitis, which affects your tissue. This can lead to severe health problems, to the point of it being lethal.
How To Improve Oral Health
Remember it is not about merely drinking alcohol, but the amount we are drinking. So for starters, you should control the amount of alcohol you consume. By doing this, you will lower your sugar and acidity intake, and save yourself from painful oral health problems.
If you do drink alcohol, it is critical to follow a healthy mouth routine. Which includes brushing your teeth, using mouthwash, and scheduling dental checkups and cleanings regularly. In the long run, though, the best oral health routine is preventative dentistry.
Alcohol can also cause tooth discolouration, which basically means it can change the colour of your teeth and stain them. Your teeth could lose brightness and darken or begin to adopt small spots on them.
If this is your case, consider purchasing some special products from your local dentist to help you with whitening your teeth. There are plenty of products that your dentist could recommend for you to treat any kind of teeth stain at home unless the stain is too engraved. In that case, leave it in their hands and they’ll take care of it. Also, products such as Mouthwashes should be Alcohol Free, to decrease exposure of oral structures to destructive effects of regular alcohol exposure.
If you think you’re concerned about your teeth because you have been consuming a lot of alcohol recently, don’t worry. The best thing to do is to contact your dentist and schedule an appointment. Get your checkup done and ask your dentist for some tips on how to prevent poor oral health.
Dentists can take care of your teeth before cavities or even gum disease occurs. So why not contact your local Bondi Dentist today!