Alcohol affects almost all parts of the body and the oral cavity is no exception. Oral cancer is the most serious problem for people who drink and use tobacco heavily, as they are more susceptible to cancer causing agents. Both tooth enamel and gums can be affected. Enamel, the outer covering of your tooth gets eroded and this causes sensitivity and sometimes pain. Vomiting, which is often experienced by heavy drinkers, also damages the teeth considerably due to increase in the acidity levels of the mouth.
Periodontal or gum disease is another big problem. Ulcers, sores and areas of minor oral surgery procedures do not heal fast because the natural repair and clot forming mechanism is impaired.
If you are a frequent or heavy drinker, it is wise to let your dentist know before starting any treatment.
A conscious effort towards responsible drinking would also ensure a lifetime of good dental and overall health!

responsible drinking August 30, 2016