It’s the most wonderful time of the year, filled with festive cocktails, boozy tipples, and toasts to a happy and healthy holiday. But as you enjoy parties and gatherings through the end of the year, don’t forget to prioritize your dental health. According to the team at Four Corners Dental Group Fairbanks, excessive drinking can negatively impact your teeth and oral wellness.
Learn more about the effects of drinking on your dental health:
- Is Alcohol Bad For Your Teeth? In excessive quantities, yes. Alcohol can cause tooth decay, increased plaque, stained teeth, and tooth loss. Heavy drinkers (defined as those who consume eight drinks a week for women and 15 drinks a week for men) are the most likely to experience these symptoms, but moderate drinkers can exhibit them too, especially without proactive care.
- Does Excessive Drinking Affect Your Oral Health? Yes. Beyond its effects on your teeth, a high intake of alcohol is a major risk factor for gum disease, oral sores, and even oral cancer. These issues extend well beyond dental health—they can affect your entire body by passing bacteria from the mouth to the bloodstream, putting your heart and other organs at risk.
- So What’s The Solution? Remember to practice moderation as you mix and mingle at holiday parties, and always take good care of your teeth to minimize the effects of alcohol. Even if you get home late, don’t skip brushing and flossing before bed. Your drink choices make a difference, too: avoid sugary mixers, which are more likely to cause cavities, and be wary of the staining effects of dark beverages like red wine and beer.
Don’t forget to make time for your dental health during the busy holiday season! To make an appointment, call Four Corners Dental Group Fairbanks today at (907) 479-7771 or visit their website.