Welcome back to our dental implant blog! Last time we wrote, we talked about how smoking could compromise your oral health and the dental implant process. Today, we’re returning to this idea of bad habits for your teeth by talking about alcohol. Alcohol is widely consumed in the United States. In fact, 70 percent of Americans have consumed alcohol in the last year. However, what many people don’t realize is that alcohol, when not consumed in moderation, can compromise the health of our teeth, possibly resulting in missing teeth that will need to be treated with dental implants. Today, Dr. Munira Lokhandwala is blogging from Fremont, CA to talk about some of the ways that alcohol is damaging your teeth.
It is very smart to avoid alcohol that is carbonated, which includes champagne and certain flavored spritzers. The reason for this is that carbonic acid is used to carbonate these beverages. Carbonic acid is dangerous for our teeth because it can actually attack and corrode away the enamel from our teeth. As this enamel provides the main line of defense for our teeth, you will want to avoid substances that can damage it.
Some alcoholic beverages are actually full of sugar. Sugar is bad for our teeth because it can get stuck to our teeth, which attracts bacteria. This bacteria uses the sugar on our teeth to create acids that will attack the layers of our teeth. This process is called tooth decay, some symptoms of which include chronic bad breath, off-color spots on our teeth, and toothaches.
Mixed drinks can be very dangerous for our teeth as the most common substance that alcohol is mixed with is soda. Not only is soda very high in sugar, but it is also carbonated. This means that when you drink a mixed beverage, you are potentially exposing your teeth to attack from two different fronts: the alcohol and the substance the beverage has been mixed with.
It turns out that alcohol is what is called a diuretic, which is a substance that is known to increase the rate at which you urinate. As a side effect of this increased rate of urination, your mouth will dry. Many people do not realize that saliva is actually the first line of defense for our teeth, as it works to keep the mouth clear of harmful bacteria.
The last thing you probably want to do after a long night of drinking is brush your teeth. However, we must urge you not to give into this inclination, as failing to brush means that all of the bacteria and sugar placed on your teeth by your drinking will be left to their own devices all night. Until you brush next, this buildup will continue damaging your teeth.
When consumed in moderation, it is unlikely that you will experience any complications because of alcohol. However, if you do lose a tooth because of it, we encourage you to replace that missing tooth with a dental implant. Only dental implants can provide natural-working replacement teeth that are both comfortable and reliable. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of replacing missing teeth with dental implants, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Munira Lokhandwala, Dr. Azadeh Hosseini, or Dr. Priya Beedu today.
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