If you find that you are drinking too much alcohol, you may be putting your oral health as well as your overall health in danger. How does this happen? Well, if you drink alcohol more than the recommended about, one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men, you may have less good bacteria in your mouth. The absence of this increases the number of bad bacteria which can lead to gum disease, heart disease, and cancer. Here is more information about how your oral health may be at risk because of drinking too much alcohol.
Bad and Good Bacteria
Every mouth has a balance of good and bacteria called the mouth’s microbiome. When there is an unbalance in the microbiome, you could get a cavity or gum disease. Good bacteria, called Lactobacillales, were found less and bad bacteria was found more in the mouths of drinkers — especially heavy drinkers. However, the researchers from the study posted in microbiome said that even though this relationship exists, they are not sure if alcohol is the main reason for less good bacteria and more bad bacteria or how alcohol affects the bacteria. For now, their advice is to drink in moderation and practice good oral health habits.
Alcohol And Your Oral Health
There are a number of oral health problems that can arise from drinking alcohol. If you practice good oral hygiene, alcohol in moderation may not hurt your oral health too much. However, if you are a heavy drinker or have poor oral health, drinking alcohol could cause staining, cavities, gum disease, and more.
Chrogens, which are made of acids, attach to your tooth’s outer surface which causes a yellow stain on your teeth. As you are drinking, the acids on your teeth are eating away your enamel. When you drink alcohol, your mouth can become dry, which stops the saliva from washing over your teeth. Sugars from sodas and citrus juices can put your teeth at risk for decay.
What Should You Do?
Apart from with-going alcohol, the best way to limit oral health problems related to drinking is to drink the recommended amount or less. Additionally, when you are drinking alcohol you can reduce tooth damage by sipping water or drinking through a straw. Water and saliva both work to clean the acids off of your teeth. Thus, if you drink from a straw then you can limit the amount of fluid on your teeth. Lastly, practice good oral health. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each and floss your teeth once a day. Don’t forget to visit Dr. Singla at Singla Dental in Duncanville, Texas every six months.
Alcohol can hurt your smile, but if you drink in moderation you may be able to limit its impact. For more information about oral health or to plan your next visit at Singla Dental call us at 972-298-4677, today!