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What does a glass of wine do to your teeth

06 May 2015, Dabur Dental Team

Did you know that in addition to a host of other physical problems, alcohol can have a negative effect on your dental health and cause many dental problems? Yes, it does. We’ve listed out some of the ill effects that alcohol can have on your oral health:
  • Dentists say that a glass of wine can dry out your mouth, suck the calcium from your teeth, and leave you with bad breath. Alcohol is also increasingly associated with mouth cancer. Red wine also directly stains the teeth.
  • The acid in alcohol softens enamel, allowing some of its calcium content to leak out, weakening its structure. When the enamel is eventually worn away, nerves underneath can be exposed, leading to sensitivity and pain.
  • The brutal combination of alcoholism with smoking can also cause periodontal disease. Because of the acid in the alcohol, the gum erodes and can no longer support the teeth.
  • Also, some alcoholic drinks like wine and port are best avoided, as they can stain expensive white fillings and dentures.
  • Alcohol dehydrates the body, including the mouth, resulting in reduced saliva flow. Saliva helps fight bacteria in the mouth so, when it is dry, the micro-organisms flourish, leading to plaque build-up and, inevitably, bad breath.
  • Drinking in excess, particularly in combination with smoking, is a risk factor for mouth cancer.
  • The sweet/sticky additives in some cocktails can be harmful to the teeth, as the bacteria in our mouths feed off this sugar and release acid as a by-product, resulting in tooth decay.
Alcoholism can create havoc on your dental health. Excessive alcohol consumption can cause cavities, gum deterioration, and tooth loss. Unfortunately, no amount of brushing will protect your teeth if you do not drink in moderation. However, always remember to use India’s best toothpaste - Dabur Red Toothpaste to avoid dental problems. Maintain proper oral hygiene and choose the right toothpaste to keep all dental problems away & ensure proper dental care.

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