Alcohol, Your Teeth, & Your Health

Alcoholic CocktailsWhile some studies might find benefits in moderate drinking (such as antioxidants in red wine), you can surely obtain these supposed positives through other, more healthy options. In fact, alcohol consumption has mostly adverse effects on our well-being. Most people know this but still drink due to the cultural and social aspects. Of course, moderation is key. Taking it too far and drinking in excess can pose dangers to both your overall health and your teeth as well.

Alcohol & Overall Health

In the short term, too much alcohol can cause dizziness and lack of coordination, slurred speech, and memory loss. It can even prove deadly, leading to alcohol poisoning, drunk driving, or other activities associated with impaired judgment. With prolonged use, chronic consumption may result in cirrhosis of the liver, heart disease, even increased risk for cancer, or declined cognitive abilities. Indeed, all too many are familiar with the side-effects of alcoholism, as well as its addictive nature.

Effects On Your Dental Health

When it comes to your teeth, alcohol can present a different kind of risk. Most varieties of mixed drinks contain soda, fruit juice, or other sugary substances. This sugar provides fuel for harmful, plaque-causing bacteria. Additionally, dark-colored beverages (such as red wine) can cause teeth to stain and become discolored. Vomiting after drinking too much can erode tooth enamel. Finally, alcohol can reduce saliva production, resulting in dry mouth, cavities, and tooth decay.

So, in conclusion, while most people aren’t willing to kick the habit completely, moderation is certainly recommended. Furthermore, be sure to report the extent of your drinking habit, as well as any recent changes on an updated health history form.

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