Does Alcohol Ruin Teeth?

Posted on : 20-05-2012 | By : Haddon Suttner | In : Preventive Dentistry

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Pure alcohol does not damage teeth. However, sugar content in most alcoholic drinks damage enamel on your teeth. Beverages like sweet wines or mixed drinks, involving sodas or citrus juices, can be even do worst damage. This is because of high acidity level in such drinks.

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Bacteria of mouth metabolize alcohol into sugars. These bacteria then metabolize the sugars into acid. This acid dissolves the enamel of the teeth and starts dental decay. Prolonged and excessive contact of teeth with alcohol causes the damage to mutliply. Alcoholics may also get caught by periodontal disease.


Excessive drinking can cause:

  • Tooth decay. It can initiate tooth decay or accelerate it.
  • Periodontal diseases, Gingivitis or Periodontist.
  • Irritation of the gum, tongue and oral tissues.
  • Oral cancer.
  • Poor healing after dental surgery.

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