Although a glass of wine a day may not do much damage to your body, it is able to wreak havoc on your teeth. Only 16 percent of the population is aware of the negative effects that alcohol can have on their oral health, such as stripping the calcium away from teeth and promoting bad breath. It is recommended that you wash your mouth with mouthwash after consuming alcohol, and here is why:
Alcohol contains acid
When you consume alcohol, the acid that it contains will eat away at your tooth enamel, causing the surface of your tooth to dissolve. This happens because acid softens the tooth enamel, weakening the tooth structure. Once the enamel is damaged, the nerves underneath it will be exposed, leading to tooth sensitivity and pain.
The bubbles in sparkling wine contains carbon dioxide, which is highly acidic. This makes sparkling wine among the worst alcohol for your teeth. However, artificially carbonated drinks are filled with carbonic acid, to create bubbles. These drinks should be avoided.
Alcohol will stain your teeth
Since the acid in alcohol eats away at the tooth enamel, it leaves the dentine underneath the tooth exposed, making the tooth appear darker or yellower. Once the teeth are stained, you might be able to remove the stain by brushing your teeth immediately. However, over-brushing your teeth will make your teeth look even worse, as you might brush the enamel away.
If there are heavy stains on your teeth, it can be removed by your dentists or oral hygienist. You could also visit your dentist for professional teeth whitening.
Alcohol causes bad breath
Alcohol dehydrates the body and reduces the saliva flow. Saliva helps to fight bacteria in the mouth, so when the mouth is dry the bacteria flourishes, leading to plaque and bad breath.
Anyone who consumes alcohol should schedule regular dental visits to ensure that their teeth are in optimal shape. Contact us for a dentist in Cape Town.
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