How Alcohol Affects Your Oral Health

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Many people don’t realize the effects of excessive alcohol use can affect your oral health. While we always want you to enjoy your life, we also want you to practice good oral health. In this blog post, we are going to learn how alcohol can be a key player in deterioration and cavities.

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What’s the Problem with Drinking Alcohol?

Alcohol can cause a ton of bacteria to grow in your mouth which can lead you to be more susceptible to diseases. Heavy drinking can lead to periodontal disease which could even lead to something more serious, like heart disease, if not treated. That is why limiting the amount of alcohol is important.

Alcohol Contains Sugar

Alcohol contains a high amount of sugar. Bacteria thrive on sugar. So, when you drink excessively, your mouth is full of sugar which the bacteria will feed on.

Some of the problems that can arise from excessive alcohol consumption are:

  • Tooth Decay
  • Periodontitis
  • Gum Recession
  • Oral Cancer

You’re Not Alone!

We are here to help. When you are at our office for your cleaning or checkup, talk to us about your alcohol consumption. If you are a heavy drinker, you might make more frequent visits to ensure the sugars in the alcohol are not taking over your oral health. To learn more about how we can help you achieve better oral care, schedule an appointment today.