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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Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

Happy New Year to all our patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

There’s just something about a new year! It represents a clean slate, a new beginning for many of us. As we finished up with 2020, we all want to believe that 2021 will bring a sort of relief from much of what the past year has brought us. 

Although there are still many restrictions and hurdles ahead of us, we are all doing our best to prove that we are resilient and focused on brighter and healthier days ahead.

The start of 2021 finds many of us evaluating our health and making plans and potential changes for the year ahead. So, as you are making some New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget to add dental care to that list!

Managing your dental health is a key factor of keeping your immune system strong to help protect you against any attack. Just as important as a good diet, rest and exercise, your dental health is something you should not ignore.

Often dental changes can happen with little to no discomfort or warning. Just as changes in the rest of your body happen, it is the same for your teeth and mouth. We all know that age, stress, hormones and busy schedules (just to name a few) sneak up on us and seem to cause changes to our bodies almost overnight. Where you used to be able to eat whatever you wanted, barely exercise and stay up all hours of the night, you might be noticing that you just can’t do that anymore! It is similar with our dental care routine. If you have been doing the same routine for what seems like forever, it might be time to evaluate and change things, even slightly, to be more effective in keeping your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime.

Our team at Williams Lake Smiles is here to help make your health a top priority. We look forward to continuing to work with you as life changes happen and want to make dental pain and emergency the smallest challenges possible.

This past year we have been working even harder to make our office a safe, welcoming place for you to visit. You may notice our policies and protocols have changed and will continue to do so based on recommendations from our professional colleges, provincial and local health authorities. Please respect these new policies and understand that some extra screening and time is required in order to achieve this. To keep things running smoothly, it is very important to complete all screening paperwork prior to all visits to our office. If the required paperwork is not completed, we may need to reschedule your appointment time.

Contact our team to schedule a dental appointment to help you be the healthiest you in 2021.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

Dr Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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