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The Effects of Alcohol on Your Oral Health

Posted on 9/19/2022 by Dr. Brandon Cooley
The Effects of Alcohol on Your Oral HealthRegular drinkers have been found to have higher numbers of unhealthy bacteria than people who don't drink, increasing the risk of multiple chronic diseases such as mouth damage. Among the effects of alcohol on your oral health include

High Risk of Developing Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease affects the gums and the supporting tissue of the tooth and, if not treated in time, can cause tooth loss. Alcohol generally decreases the immune system's response; this taken to the mouth causes the bacteria that inhabit it to grow and increase in number, causing a septic environment.

These pathogenic bacteria will gather on the oral surfaces forming bacterial plaque that, if not removed in time, will harden and become dental calculus. This appearance will cause redness, bleeding, and inflammation of the gums.

Increased Prevalence of Caries

Regular intake of alcohol causes a reduction in the secretion of salivary flow since the nervous stimulation of the salivary glands is reduced. This phenomenon causes the sensation of dry mouth that usually produces terrible breath and causes the formation of painful sores.

This decrease in salivary flow means that saliva does not enable its protective function on dental enamel and does not balance the PH acidity produced by carbonated drinks that usually accompany alcoholic beverages, increasing the risk of caries.

Oral Cancer

Individuals who abuse Tobacco in addition to frequent alcohol intake are more likely to suffer from oral cancer. These two products cause chronic ulcers on the lips, gums, and oral mucosa that doesn't heal quickly. Moreover, they cause the formation of lumps around the oral cavity and the appearance of red or dark patches in the mouth.

Generally, alcohol abuse can deteriorate oral health and cause further damage to other body parts. Therefore, the consumption of this product should be regulated or stopped to maintain quality oral health.

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