Alcoholism affects millions of people at any given time. They know that they should not be drinking to the point that they are, but their disease, addiction, tells them they need to. Alcohol does not only impact the health of your liver.
It can also affect the health of your kidneys, your heart, and your gums, to name a few. Here are a few of the effects of what alcohol can do to your mouth.
What Alcohol Does to Your MouthThe first thing that alcohol does to your mouth is dry it out. This can increase how many cavities you have. Dry mouth is one of the top causes of cavities, and they tend to be more prominent in those who regularly use alcohol.
Sores that appear around your mouth are also common among people who drink a lot of alcohol. These sores can be tiny, or they can be larger lesions that hurt and affect your ability to use your mouth properly.
Gum disease is also much more common among those who use alcohol on a regular basis. The alcohol causes damage to the gum tissue, which makes it unable to fight off the bacteria. It can also cause the gums to shrivel up a little, making it easier for debris and bacteria to get between the gums and the tooth.
If you struggle with alcoholism, call our office. We can help treat your mouth while you figure out what type of recovery options you have. The more help you have during the recovery process, the easier it is going to be on you and your mouth.
We will do what we can to treat any of the ailments your mouth is currently going through, and will help in whatever supportive manner we can during the rest of your recovery.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at 425.486.9111 today.