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The Effects of Alcohol on Your Teeth

Published on April 6th, 2020

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. In honor of this very important awareness month, your South Loop dentists want to offer some in-depth information on alcohol and its effects on your oral health. It is widely known that alcohol isn’t considered healthy by any means, and, while it can be part of a healthy lifestyle if used in moderation, it tends to have negative effects on your body. So, what are the effects on your teeth?

Staining

If you have a preference for darker drinks, including red wine or liquors mixed with dark sodas, these drinks can, unfortunately, stain the color of your teeth. The color in beverages comes from chromogens, which attach to tooth enamel. When drinking alcohol, the acid in these drinks breaks down your tooth enamel and makes your teeth even more susceptible to the chromogens. Beer is also acidic and makes your teeth more vulnerable to be stained by dark barley and malts. Try and rinse your mouth with water in between alcoholic drinks to prevent serious staining.

Dryness

One of the most important combatants against gum disease and other oral health issues is your saliva. It helps keep your teeth moist and removes plaque and bacteria from the surface of your teeth. Drinking beverages high in alcohol content such as spirits, can dry the mouth and allow for plaque buildup. If you believe you are experiencing dry mouth, contact your South Loop dentists.

Other Effects

In addition to staining and drying your teeth, alcohol can have a number of other negative effects on your oral health. Many alcoholic drinks contain ice and citrus garnishes. Chewing ice can break your teeth, and is known to have other negative effects as well. Finally, the American Dental Association asserts that even a squeeze of lemon in your drink could erode your tooth enamel.

Contact Your South Loop Dentists

For more information on alcohol’s effects on your oral health, contact our dentists today.

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