Five Ways Alcohol Is Ruining Your Smile

Alcohol can damage your teeth when over-consumed. There are many different things that we do every day that are potentially impacting our teeth in a negative way. Of these, the one we want to talk about today is the consumption of alcohol. Alcohol is very bad for the health of your teeth. In fact, it turns out that alcohol is awful for your teeth, and has been known to result in widespread tooth decay. The truth is, alcohol attacks your teeth in a variety of different ways, and today, Dr. Rudy Wassenaar is blogging from his Williams Lake, BC office to talk about some of them.

1. Carbonated Alcohol

Some alcoholic beverages, such as champagne and certain spritzers, are very detrimental to your teeth. The reason for this is because these beverages are carbonated. In order to carbonate a liquid, carbonic acid is used. Unfortunately, with enough exposure your teeth will be attacked by this acid, losing the defensive layers that keep them safe from decay.

2. High Sugar Content

Some alcoholic beverages have a lot of sugar in them. The problem with sugar is that, when consumed, it typically ends up stuck to your teeth until you brush. This sugar will attract dangerous bacteria to your teeth, which will use it as fuel to create acids. Like carbonic acid, these bacteria produced acids will eat away at your teeth, beginning an oral condition referred to as tooth decay.

3. Mixed Drinks

When you consume a mixed drink, not only are your teeth receiving the negative consequences of consuming alcohol, but they are also being attacked by the substance mixed with the alcohol. In most cases, soda is what alcohol is mixed with. Unfortunately, soda is not only carbonated but has large amounts of sugar within it. As we’ve stated above, carbonation and sugar can have dangerous consequences for your oral health.

4. Dry Mouth

Alcohol is a substance that we refer to as a diuretic. What this means is that, when consumed, alcohol is likely to increase the rate at which the patient urinates. As a consequence of this increased urination, the patient’s mouth will dry out. This is bad, as saliva plays a pivotal part in keeping harmful bacteria off of your teeth.

5. Failure to Brush

After a long night of drinking, it is not uncommon to forget about brushing our teeth. However, it is very important that you don’t let this happen, as failing to brush afterwards leaves all of the bacteria and carbonation you’ve accumulated on your teeth throughout the night in place and uncontested. These materials will have all night to attack your teeth, not being removed until you eventually brush.

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Just because alcohol is attacking your teeth doesn’t necessarily mean you have to give it up. When consumed in moderation, it is unlikely that alcohol will have any long lasting effect on your teeth. That said, if you do happen to experience extensive damage due to alcohol consumption, rest assured that Dr. Wassenaar has the skill and training required to correct this damage using dental implants. If you would like to learn more about this treatment and what it can accomplish for you, contact our office today and schedule your no-obligation dental implant consultation.

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Our team at Williams Lake Smiles is excited to have the opportunity to welcome you back soon! Dr. Wassenaar, Dr. Dahia and the whole Williams Lake Smiles team appreciate your continued support and understanding as we continue to move through this difficult time

We are gradually reopening in the safest way to ensure that we take all precautions to keep both our patients and our staff healthy.

At this time, we are focusing on addressing emergency needs for our patients. Full dental services, including hygiene care, will be introduced gradually with priority booking to the patients that were delayed treatment during our time of closure. We will be contacting our patients to reschedule these procedures in the coming weeks.

Our office has always utilized personal protective equipment (PPE) that has exceeded all the recommended guidelines. We consciously designed our office with well-spaced, separate treatment rooms that allow minimization of aerosol transfer throughout the office. We have also added a brand new HEPA air management system to allow continuous air filtration in all treatment rooms and common areas to remove germs from circulating air. This puts us in a good position moving forward. However, in consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we have instituted additional guidelines and protocols to ensure your safety and that of our team.

Upon returning to Williams Lake Smiles you will notice our new enhanced precautions:

-When you are scheduling an appointment, our staff will ask you a set of health-related questions.

-You will be contacted 48-72 hours prior to your appointment via email and asked a set of pre-appointment instructions and health-related questions. It is required that you complete this questionnaire prior to your appointment. We will have to reschedule your appointment if we are unable to complete this step. Please also give our administrative staff all the necessary personal contact information to expedite our communications with you and your family.

-We have implemented new protocol for scheduling your appointments and managing your insurance and financial transactions virtually to allow for a contactless exit from your appointment.

-There will be new arrival procedures to guide you from your car directly to treatment rooms to eliminate contacting surfaces and other patients.

-You will be asked the above screening questions again on your arrival to your appointment.

-Your temperature will be taken on arrival. Again, we will have to reschedule your appointment if your temperature is elevated.

-You will be asked to put on the provided shoe covers and disinfect your hands upon arrival.

-All non-essential companions will be asked to remain outside of the clinic during the appointment. This includes friends, spouses, drivers, parents, and other children.

-We will maintain social distancing in the reception area for essential caregivers and parents of minors if they absolutely cannot wait in a vehicle or outside the clinic.

-We have removed magazines and other items that can harbor or transfer germs of any kind

-Glass barriers have been added in our reception area

-We have enhanced clinic disinfection procedures before and after all appointments.

-You will see new personal protection equipment like visors, gowns, and different masks for our doctors and team to provide barriers against the smallest of germs.

-We have protocols to reduce or eliminate airborne aerosols during all dental procedures.

-We have enhanced continuous disinfection procedures of equipment and office fixtures like computers, keyboards, telephones, tablets, chairs, doorknobs, and buttons that may be touched unconsciously.

-We will be disinfecting all outside mail and packages that enter the building.

-We will have longer appointment times for you to prepare and complete all appointment tasks and duties in the safest and most comprehensive manner.

-Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean fewer options will be available for scheduling your appointment.

We ask that, as we have so many patients to see, you treat your reserved dental appointment with the highest level of respect. Answer the screening questions honestly. Please arrive on time for your appointment. We may not be able to see you if you are late. If you miss your appointment it may be quite some time before we can get you back in.

We are committed to maintaining our high standard of dental health and safety under these new circumstances and appreciate your confidence in us.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we are taking to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

We are all excited to get back to work. Thank you for being our patients. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbours, and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rudy Wassenaar

Dr. Sophia Dahia

And the entire Williams Lake Smiles Team


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