The Effects Alcohol Has On Your Teeth!

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Sumer is  here……… That means Alcohol will be on the card for everyone. Alcohol Abuse is a growing problem in many parts of the Country. While many people understand some of the risks of excessive Alcohol use, like Cirrhosis of the Liver, metabolic problems, and circulatory problems, they may not understand how Alcohol can have a negative impact on your body, including your Teeth.  Let’s explore how Alcohol Abuse can have a negative impact your Teeth and Dental Health.

Alcohol Abuse Doesn’t Just Mean Cavities

Pure Alcohol on its own will not damage one’s Teeth. However, most people don’t drink pure Alcohol.  Beer, Liquor and mixed drinks have high Sugar content and high Acidity, breaking down the Enamel that protects your Teeth.  This can lead to Cavities, long term Tooth Decay and increase the risk of Periodontal Disease.

People that suffer from Alcohol Abuse may also forget to Brush their Teeth.  While once in a while forgetting to Brush isn’t the end of the world, poor Dental Hygiene can have long-term repercussions.

Alcohol abuse can also damage the Soft Tissue in the Mouth.  The Alcohol itself is Corrosive to the delicate Tissue of the Gums, increasing the risk of Gum Disease. Gum Disease causes the Gum Tissue to Erode from the Tooth, creating a situation where the Teeth are no longer properly protected or supported. 

Alcohol Abuse also decreases the natural Saliva in the mouth, which normally acts as the body’s natural antibacterial cleanser.  Saliva helps wash away Plaque, Bacteria and even sugar to help keep the Teeth and Gums healthy and Disease free. 

Alcoholism

Even worse for your Teeth than the actual substance itself is the lifestyle that accompanies frequent Alcohol abuse. Usually Alcoholism leads to poor Oral Hygiene, and a neglect of Teeth, which is bad for the usual reasons. Aside from this, Drinking Alcohol  results in a drying out of your Mucus Membranes, which is not good for your Teeth, as it is not good for the Tissue surrounding your Teeth. And if the Periodontal Tissue is weak, you will start to lose Teeth, and if you are not taking care of your Teeth because you are drunk all the time, Infections will start to set in.

There are solutions for this. Read on to find out more

Dentures – Replacing lost or missing Teeth has substantial benefits for your Health and appearance.

A complete or full Denture replaces the natural Teeth and provides support for Cheeks and Lips. Without this support, sagging Facial Muscles can make a person appear older and reduce their ability to eat and speak.

Dental Implants – Dental Implants offer a permanent solution for your missing Teeth.A Dental Implant is essentially a substitute for a natural Root and commonly it is Screw or Cylinder shaped. Each Implant is placed into a Socket carefully drilled at the precise location of the intended Tooth. 

There are plenty of options so if you would like to book in for a Check up and discuss options with the Dentist or just to call us and find out some more information please call on 01474 537191.

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About the author Dr Rik Trivedi

Dr Rik Trivedi is the Principal dentist at Parrock Dental & Implant Centres. He has a keen interest in Cosmetic Smile Dentistry and braces, Dental implants, Facial Aesthetics, Prevention and is very experienced in the design and placement of Cerec Same Day Crown technology.