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Does Drinking Alcohol Hurt Your Gums?

Posted on 9/25/2018 by ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center
Does Drinking Alcohol Hurt Your Gums?Casual drinking is usually not harmful for your teeth, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), men that have more than 15 drinks per week and women who have more than eight during the same period of time, are more likely to suffer from gum disease and other oral conditions, including oral cancer.

In a 2015 study published by the Journal of Periodontology, Brazilian researchers found that alcoholic beverages can have a negative impact on your gums. This can aggravate or can lead to an increased risk for the presence of periodontal disease (periodontitis).

The same study also found that poor oral hygiene is common in heavy alcohol users, which can also lead to an increased risk for periodontitis. Drinkers that didn't have periodontal disease, experienced an increase of bleeding gums, an early sign of periodontitis.

How Alcohol Hurt Your Gums

The researchers found that alcohol has a drying effect on the mouth, which can contribute to the production of plaque, which contains more than 500 microorganisms that can cause gum inflammation. Alcohol slows down the production of saliva that helps neutralize the acids produced by plaque. The presence of these acids could potentially lead to the onset of periodontitis.

More studies are needed to conclude with more certainty that drinking alcohol hurts your gums. As with everything, moderation is the key. If you have one of two drinks on the weekend when you go out with your partner or friends, you should be fine. Make sure you brush and floss before bed. If you drink in excess, being honest about can help us watch for any warning signs of gum disease.

The best thing you can do is to have good oral hygiene habits at home and keep your regular checkups twice a year.

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