January 28, 2019

How Does Drinking Affect your Teeth?

Whether it is with your loved ones or friends, drinking alcohol is usually a staple for many celebratory occasions. While it may be enjoyable at first, it is important to be mindful that everything you drink and consume has an immediate and long-term impact on your teeth.

According to the American Dental Association, alcohol is one of the top nine foods that can damage your teeth. Why? It all boils down to its acidity level. Wines, beers and vodkas generally have a lower pH level of 5. Prolonged exposure to these can soften the enamel of your teeth making it susceptible to tooth decay.

The ADA also pointed out that alcohol consumption causes dehydration. When you consume alcoholic beverages, saliva production is decreased. This creates habitable areas for bacteria to cling to your teeth that could lead to tooth decay.

How about fruit juices if you might ask? Well, fruits are acidic by nature, most especially citrusy ones. They have a pH of 2.6-3.5, which can also significantly affect your oral health.

The good news is that you can continue enjoying all of these in moderation and with a proper oral regimen. Brushing your teeth twice, flossing daily, eating a balanced diet. Don’t forget to visit a dentist twice a year for optimum oral health!

If you have any questions about your oral health care, contact our dental office in Calgary.

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