Be Cautious When You Imbibe This Season
No matter what we celebrate, we all love this time of year. Holiday parties, family celebrations, and neighborhood gatherings give us reason to be jolly. Sometimes, our jolly dispositions are directly related to what we drink while we make merry. While an occasional tippling is just fine, the Wayne Dental Care team wants you to be well-informed on how alcohol affects your teeth.
Acidity — The acidity found in many alcoholic beverages can do a number on your teeth. Acids compromise the strength of the enamel that protects your teeth from decay. To prevent acids from sitting on your teeth, follow each alcoholic beverage with a glass of water to rinse away the harmful by-products. Wait about 30 minutes to brush your teeth, as using anything abrasive on softened enamel can exacerbate the problem
Sugars — All alcohol contains sugar, but rum, cognac, and liqueurs, are particularly sugary. These sugars coat your teeth, feed plaque bacteria, and hasten the process of decay. Combined with the weakened enamel caused by acidity, alcohol packs a double-punch when it comes to harming your teeth. Drink a glass of water after each beverage to minimize the amount of sugar that sits on your teeth.
Staining — If you enjoy red wine or other highly pigmented alcoholic beverages, you’ve got your work cut out for you. Weakened tooth enamel is porous, allowing the rich berry color of wine to penetrate and stain your teeth, taking them from “pearly white” to “dingy.” Rinse with water after each drink to minimize the amount of pigment that is absorbed by the enamel.
Dehydration — You’re probably thinking, “How can booze dehydrate me when I’m drinking a glass of water after each serving?” To that, we say “Touché.” The problem with dehydration is that it causes your body to reduce the production of saliva, which is nature’s way of cleaning your teeth. Drink lots and lots of water before, during, and after your social occasion to make sure your body stays hydrated so it can do its job.
Whether your holiday celebrations consist of wild parties or quiet nights at home in front of the television, we wish you all a wonderful and joyous season. If you live in Wayne, Pennsylvania or the surrounding areas, we’d love to help you have the smile you’ve always wanted.