Just about everyone knows that drinking too much has some serious health implications, but they may not realize that it can have a negative impact on your oral health too. Dr. Chris Meunier, your Evansville dentist, wants to share this information in an effort to help you enjoy better oral health and wellness.
Dehydration and Dry Mouth
Alcohol increases urination, causing the body to become dehydrated. Prolonged dehydration, even during sleep, can lead to dry mouth. Since saliva is your body’s natural defense against gum disease and decay, dry mouth can mean more cavities and development of gum disease.
Increased Risk of Oral Cancer
Alcohol and tobacco use have both been linked to an increased risk of oral cancer, especially when they occur together. Oral cancer often goes undetected unless you attend regular dental visits for exams, which include a life-saving oral cancer screening.
Danger of Trauma
Who hasn’t gotten a bit clumsy after one too many drinks? Reflex times increase, which is why driving under the influence causes more accidents. You don’t need a car to have an accident while intoxicated, and your teeth are at a higher risk because of bad decisions that could lead to trauma.
Alcohol breath seems to linger, even after brushing and flossing. Nighttime dehydration also contributes to halitosis and can affect how your breath smells long after you stopped drinking.
Stay hydrated by sipping water and be sure to cut off the cocktails if you will be talking to an important client in the morning.
Alcohol becomes a problem when it impacts your oral health and your overall health. Fortunately, Reliant Family Dental, your dentist in Evansville offers solutions and support that can give you fresh breath and a confident smile.
Give us a call to book your next dental appointment. We always welcome new patients.