It’s hard to believe we’re about to say goodbye to another year!
If you’re like many people, you’ll be ringing in the new year with some sort of alcohol drink in your hand.
Our team at Attleboro Family Dental Care is here to help you welcome 2019 with a healthy smile despite any New Year’s Eve spirits you might consume!
Know The Effects Of Alcohol On Your Teeth!
Before you pop the bubbly this New Year’s Eve, we want you to know about some of the ways alcohol can affect your smile!
*Alcohol Zaps Your Mouth Of Saliva*
One of the biggest threats to your oral health you face with alcohol consumption is the acidity of your drinks.
Acids lead to tooth enamel erosion, cavities, and other dental problems. In fact, this is one of the reasons your risk for gum disease increases significantly if you consume alcohol regularly.
But another issue to be aware of if you have a night of drinking planned is dry mouth.
Since too much alcohol will leave you dehydrated, your mouth will be zapped of valuable saliva that your teeth and gums depend on for protection against stains, acids, and bacteria.
*Sugar Is The Enemy*
We often talk about what sugar does to your dental health in our monthly blogs.
So by now, it’s no secret that sugar is the enemy of your healthy smile. While liquor and beer tend to be low in added sugar, mixed drinks and many wines can be loaded with it.
That’s something you’ll want to be careful about any time you drink alcohol. The fruit juice and heavy syrups added to your cocktails, as well as the flavor of your wine, may be packed with added sugar, which will only feed bad bacteria inside your mouth.
Once the bacteria consumes the trace sugars, harmful acids are generated and will begin to eat away at your teeth and gums!
*Have A Healthy New Year’s Smile*
If you plan on raising a glass, or three, on New Year’s Eve, be sure to drink responsibly!
We also want to give you some helpful tips to follow any time you consume alcohol so you can enjoy some spirits without hurting your smile!
*Drink water between rounds of alcoholic beverages to stay hydrated.
*Choose sugar-free cocktails and other alcoholic drinks.
*Give yourself at least 20 minutes after your last drink before you brush your teeth.
*With any acidic, sugary drink, practice moderation to protect your teeth!
You should also start the new year off on the right foot and visit Attleboro Family Dental Care for your first dental cleaning and exam of 2019!
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One night of drinking won’t do any permanent damage to your smile, but we hope now you have a better understanding of how alcohol affects your oral health so you can make good decisions as you toast all the special moments of 2019!
After the new year, be sure to visit us for a dental cleaning and exam! Call our Attleboro, MA dental office today at 774-225-0618 or fill out our online form to request an appointment at Attleboro Family Dental Care.