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The Impact of Alcohol on Your Gum Health

Posted on 1/17/2017 by Implant & Periodontal Associates NW
A close up of a patients teeth suffering from gum disease.
Alcohol can result in a substantial amount of health problems - liver disease, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, among many others. What you might not know is that alcohol can also impact the health of your gums.

Dries Mouth

Alcohol has a drying effect on the mouth, as well as slows the flow of your saliva. Saliva is a natural antimicrobial agent and both washes away lingering food particles and bacteria as well as killing the bacteria in the process. A dry mouth is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria to thrive.

Poor Nutritional Choices
Proper nutrition is part of keeping your gums healthy. Many foods, such as dark leafy greens, vegetables, and fruits contain the assortment of vitamins and minerals needed to maintain your teeth and gums.

Studies show that those who frequently partake in alcohol tend to have poorer nutritional choices. Because of this, your gums lack the necessary nutrients to fight infection and remain as healthy as they could be.

Poor Oral Hygiene

Along with diet, good oral hygiene helps to maintain the health of your mouth. Studies also show that those who tend to drink more have poor oral hygiene habits, which means there is more plaque and bacterial buildup in their mouths.

Harms Tissues
Your gums, as well as the other soft tissues of your mouth, are delicate. Alcohol, on the other hand, is corrosive. It destroys these delicate tissues, making them more susceptible to bacterial damage.

Raises Risk for Gum Disease

Because of all of the factors mentioned above, those who use alcohol on a frequent basis are at a higher risk for developing gum disease, an infection of the gums that could, untreated, progressively become worse.

Worsens Existing Gum Disease

If you already have gum disease and a frequent drinker, alcohol can cause your gum disease to become worse. More advanced stages of gum disease can affect your teeth and jawbone, resulting in the loss of your teeth altogether.

Alcohol use has a significant impact on the health of your gums. In order to prevent problems, you should limit your alcohol intake, eat a healthy diet, and practice proper oral hygiene, which includes regular visits to your dentist.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about alcohols effects on your gum health.

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