Last week we talked about how bad soda was for your teeth. As it turns out, soda isn’t the only commonly consumed substance that is horrible for your teeth. The popular drink we are currently talking about is alcohol. Statistics show that over 50 percent of Americans had a drink in the past month and 70 percent have in the past year. What these many people don’t realize is that alcohol actually attacks our teeth in many different ways, and can actually result in tooth decay. Today, Dr. Steven Hatcher is blogging from Greensboro, NC to talk about some of the ways that alcohol is harming your teeth daily.
The Negative Effects of Alcohol on Your Teeth
Alcohol compromises the health of your teeth in a variety of different ways. Some of these include:
In order to carbonate alcohol, carbonic acid has to be used. Much like the acid created by bacteria on your teeth, carbonic acid is just as capable of attacking your teeth. It is for this reason that we recommend you avoid alcoholic beverages that are carbonated, such as champagne or certain flavored spritzers.
Some alcoholic beverages are actually full of sugar. This sugar is plastered to your teeth where it attracts bacteria. This bacteria uses the sugar as a fuel to produce acid, which begins to eat away at your teeth. This is called tooth decay and it can corrupt your teeth to the point where they will need to be removed.
The most common substance that alcohol is mixed with is actually soda. As we have learned previously, soda is full of carbonic acid and sugar, which work to wear away at your teeth, eventually damaging them to the point where they will need to be removed. This damage can be partially prevented if you drink your beverage with straw.
Because alcohol is a diuretic, your rate of urination will be increased and your mouth will dry out. This is not a good situation because our saliva is one of the most important defense systems available to our teeth. Saliva is important because it works to keep the mouth free of harmful bacteria.
After a long night of drinking, the last thing you probably want to do is take the time to brush your teeth. It is very important that you don’t give into this urge because doing so leaves all of the bacteria and acid collected throughout the night on your teeth. These things will be left on your teeth all night, and will continue to damage your teeth the entire time.
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If you are not practicing moderation when you drink alcohol, it is very possible that you may end up losing teeth. Fortunately, we can restore any number of missing teeth with dental implants. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made from titanium that are fused to your jawbone through a process called osseointegration. If you would like to learn more about what dental implants can offer you, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with dental implant provider, Dr. Steven Hatcher, today.