St. Patrick’s day is right around the corner. The thought of the day itself makes anyone think about drinking and partying. When the day comes, there is no holding back for many people, all of the inhibitions go out the door. Most people drink without a care in the world not knowing the crimes they commit against their teeth.
Sugars and acids are the main reason for tooth decay, both of which happen to exist in alcoholic beverages. The sugar combines with the natural bacteria residing in the mouth and forms acid. These acids love to attack the enamel and break it down, especially when the acid is strengthened by its constant exposure to sugars and alcohol.
Sugars and starches aren’t the only harmful things that come from drinking. Drinking can cause dry mouth. Believe it or not, saliva is an important factor in protecting teeth from cavities. Less saliva in your mouth will lead to a higher chance of tooth decay.
If you are a heavy drinker and plan on drinking the whole week, there is much more that you have to worry about. Gum/tongue irritation, tooth decay, gum disease, slow recoveries from dental procedures are just a few things of a long list to worry about. Heavy drinkers are also at greater risk for dental cancer, a major oral issue in the states.
Let us give you a perfect smile and let us help you maintain it this St. Patrick’s day. Visit us online at http://www.smilesofbellevue.com or call 425-455-2424 today.