We work extremely hard to ensure that we treat the whole patient, which means that we care deeply not just about correcting a significant oral health problem, but also about promoting good oral health care at home. The American Dental Association has identified nine types of foods as the most damaging to our teeth. These foods promote acid-producing bacteria, break down enamel, and/or can lead to decay and disease if not used in moderation.
Number Six: Alcohol
As you might expect, alcohol can cause problems to your dental health, as it can to other areas of your overall health, as well. The biggest dental health problem with excess alcohol is due to the impact that alcohol has on the mouth: dehydration and eventual dry mouth. When the mouth is dehydrated and dry, there isn’t as much saliva present to break down the starches, sugars, and food in your mouth. Therefore, these elements are left to sit on your teeth and cause plaque, acid erosion, and other problems, if left alone over time.
If not used in moderation, alcohol can also lead to gum disease or oral cancer, in some patients. If you must drink alcohol, limit your intake as much as possible and be sure to drink water during and after drinking alcohol in order to keep the mouth as moist as possible.
If you have any questions about how your diet impacts your dental health or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our team or make an appointment. Our incredible staff will give you the best dental care possible.
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