While it is true that hops brewed beer can have great effects on your teeth, it turns out that alcohol can actually do the opposite. Studies show that over 50 percent of Americans have had an alcoholic beverage in the last month and over 70 percent have in the last year. We believe that that number would be much lower, however, if more people knew how bad alcohol is for our teeth. Today, Dr. Harry Albers is blogging from Santa Rosa, CA to talk about just some of the ways that alcohol is undermining your oral health.
Moderate Your Alcohol Consumption to Save Your Teeth
Alcohol attacks your teeth in many different ways. Listed below are just five of the reasons for why you should beware alcohol:
Much like the carbonation that makes soda so bad for your teeth, so too does the carbonation used to keep some beers fresh. The acid used to carbonate some beers can attack the enamel of your teeth, weakening them to the point where a more dangerous condition can get to them. It is for this reason that we recommend you stay away from carbonated alcohol, such as champagne and flavored spritzers.
Some alcoholic beverages are full of sugar. When you drink these beverages, this sugar gets plastered to your teeth. This sugar attracts bacteria that creates acids which proceed to eat away at your teeth. This is called tooth decay, and it can damage your teeth to the point where they will need to be removed.
Mixed drinks are dangerous because not only do you have to deal with the negative effects of the alcohol, but also whatever it might be mixed with. As it turns out, soda is actually the most common drink that alcohol is mixed with which, as we know, is incredibly bad for your teeth.
Because alcohol is a diuretic, it can end up increasing the rate at which you urinate. As a result of this, you can begin to experience dry mouth. This is bad because saliva is actually one of the best ways our mouth takes care of itself, using it to wash away bacteria that hurts our teeth.
Failure to Brush
After a long night of drinking, the last thing you probably want to do is brush your teeth. After all, you only drank, so it should be fine right? Wrong! Brushing your teeth can actually wipe away a lot of the sugar and acid left on your teeth from your drinks.
Call and Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Albers
While drinking alcohol in moderation is unlikely to harm you, drinking too much may result in an oral disease which can result in missing teeth. Should this happen to you, rest easy knowing that it is possible for us to restore missing teeth with dental implants. Dental implants are a great treatment for missing teeth because they provide beautiful replacement teeth that function and feel just like natural teeth. If you would like to learn more about dental implants and what they can offer you, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with dental implant provider, Dr. Harry Albers, today.