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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Covid-19 (Corona) Virus

Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

Greetings to patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

June is here and hopefully, more summer weather is headed our way!

We are feeling excited and optimistic about the months to come as it appears that there is some positive easing of restrictions in British Columbia. Our team hopes this means that you will be able to slowly begin to see loved ones and move around a little bit more. Good news for us all!

In our office, your health and safety is still our utmost concern so we would like to update you and review our current protocols.

We are happy to be able to move from our online covid pre-screening forms to a verbal questionnaire. This means that you will no longer be required to do the online covid form before every appointment.
For the continued health and safety of all, we ask that you do not attend our office if you feel unwell at all or have traveled outside of the country within the past 14 days. We will ask you covid screening questions on the phone, at the time of scheduling appointments, and then again at the time of your arrival in our office. Mask wear is still mandatory for anyone entering our office. Your temperature will still be taken, shoe coverings provided and we will have you use hand sanitizer upon check-in at the door.

We will still be doing all we can to limit the amount of people in the office at one time and who you come into contact with while you are here.
We ask that you do not arrive too far ahead or drop off family members early for scheduled appointments. If our waiting room is full, we may ask you to remain in your vehicle and we can call you in as soon as we are ready. Please do not bring any extra people with you into the office. No spouses, children or siblings can accompany you to your appointment in the office.
We will continue with all other enhanced safety protocols to ensure that the health of our patients and staff team are our first priority and allow us to continue to provide you with our full range of exceptional dental care.

The Williams Lake Smiles team thanks to our amazing patients and friends for their ongoing patience and support through these unprecedented times of the past year and moving forward.
We appreciate your trust in us to help you be the healthiest you can be!

Please contact us with any questions or to schedule any of your dental needs.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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