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On average, out of every $100 dollars an American spends, one goes to alcohol. While having alcohol isn’t uncommon, did you know that it can cause serious damage to your oral health? In other words, while you have probably heard that red wine will stain your teeth, you could be causing more harm to your teeth. You see, alcoholic beverages are acidic, meaning they can wear down your enamel—which is the protective, outer layer of your teeth. Sadly, just as smoking or eating too much sugar, drinking too much can cause several dental issues.

One reason alcohol is harmful is that it dries out your mouth. The saliva in your mouth washes away bad bacteria and excess food particles. However, if your mouth is dry, your mouth may not be able to produce saliva. Ultimately, this can also lead to your enamel softening.

While alcohol can damage your teeth, there are tricks you can follow to avoid these issues. For example, drinking water after consuming alcohol will rinse out your mouth and dilute the alcohol in your system. If you limit the amount of drinks that have both soda and alcohol in them, you can also keep much of the acid away. Finally, brushing your teeth right after you drink an alcoholic beverage will do more harm than good. We recommend waiting about twenty minutes before brushing and flossing.

If you have any questions about alcohol consumption and how it affects your teeth, please don’t hesitate to contact Texas Teeth at 972-270-2062. Dr. Scharla Collins and our team look forward to hearing from you soon.