Effects of alcohol: Excessive drinking can damage your teeth in three major ways

Effects of alcohol: Excessive drinking can damage your teeth in three major ways

With the festive season fast approaching and figures showing people are drinking more in lockdown, keeping within the recommended alcohol guidelines has never been as important.

Excessive alcohol consumption is not only detrimental to your overall health, it can also affect your teeth and could cause potential issues down the line if you do not take proper care of your teeth.

Sunny Sihra, Leading Dentist and Owner of The Simply Teeth Clinic revealed the ways in which alcohol can damage your teeth.

1. Staining on the Teeth

It’s no secret that drinking certain types of alcoholic beverages can promote staining on the teeth, said Sihra.

He continued: “Red wine, sangria, dark cider and other such drinks which have deep red pigmented colours will not only stain your teeth but will also result in long term discolouration and dullness.

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“If you can opt for clear alcoholic beverages that would be best, or if you must have dark coloured drinks try to wash your mouth with water in-between drinks and ensure you brush your teeth thoroughly before bed.

“Once the festive season passes, you may also want to discuss whitening options with your dentist if you feel your teeth have become stained or dull.”

2. Dehydration

Alcohol can lead to dehydration and this means that your mouth is also dehydrated and does not produce the normal amount of saliva that is needed to keep the mouth and teeth clean, explained Sihra.

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