Alcoholism and your Dental Health - Your Dental Health Parnters

11 dental signs that alcohol could be affecting your health

Dentists can sometimes identify early stages of alcoholism in patients by the state of their gums and teeth. Alcohol causes dry mouth which irritates the soft tissue in your mouth and decreases the amount of saliva. Saliva is a natural wash that helps fight and neutralize acids and bacteria in your mouth. When your mouth is dry, bacteria can grow and that bacteria will break down and weaken your gums. Weakened gums can no longer hold your teeth in place.

You may have gum disease if you notice the following:

1. Gums bleed when brushing teeth
2. Gums bleed when eating food
3. Gums appear red or swollen
4. Gums are tender to the touch
5. Bad breath that will not go away
6. Evidence of pus between your teeth
7. Gums appear to be pulling away from your teeth
8. Teeth feel loose
9. Teeth appear to be separating
10. Teeth appear to be moving
11. There are sores in your mouth

Just because you may have some of the symptoms of gum disease, it does not necessarily indicate that you are an alcoholic. What it does indicate, to the dentist, is that your lifestyle may be harming your health. There are ways to reduce your risk of developing gum diseases by, not abusing alcohol, practicing good oral hygiene on a daily basis, eating a balanced diet, refrain from smoking, drink plenty of water and be sure to visit your dentist on a regular basis.


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