Does Alcohol Contribute to Gum Disease?

Does Alcohol Contribute to Gum Disease?

In moderation, alcohol consumption can be part of a healthy lifestyle. But overall, alcohol is generally not considered to be a healthy indulgence. We know that alcohol consumption can seriously affect your liver and other organs, but what about your teeth and gums? Next time you reach for that drink, stop and think twice about what it might be doing to the health of your mouth.

It’s a fact, gum disease and tooth decay are much more likely to develop for those who are heavy drinkers. They are also three times as likely to suffer from permanent tooth loss. According to a recent study, excessive drinking can heighten the risk factors for gum disease, as well as make symptoms far worse for those who already have periodontal disease. It suggests that heavy drinkers without periodontitis had an increase in gums that bled easily, and that they had higher amounts of plaque than those who didn’t drink. It’s also important to note that alcohol abuse is the second most common risk factor for oral cancer.

If you have healthy teeth and gums, you of course want to try to keep them that way. Enjoy an occasional drink but remember to brush, floss and keep up with your regular dental exams and cleanings. If you notice that your gums show signs of swelling, inflammation, or bleeding, they could be at risk for disease and need professional attention.

To schedule a consultation and dental exam with Dr. Peter Merai at Comprehensive Dental Care of Oxon Hill, please call our dentist office in Oxon Hill today. You can also request your appointment online. Dr. Merai offers treatment in his Oxon Hill, Maryland dentist office which also serves the communities of Washington DC & Alexandria, VA. New and emergency dental patients are welcome.

Source: Journal of Periodontology