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As we enter the new year, many of us are observing a dry January, which is great for the mind & body. Many of us don't realise the impact of alcohol on our oral health. We know 70% of oral cancer patients are heavy drinkers. We also know long-term heavy drinking increases the risk of gum disease and periodontitis. Heavily coloured cocktails and red wines can cause teeth discolouration. Other factors impact wider health issues such as a decrease in saliva production. Sugar content is something to consider when having a drink. Bacteria in the mouth feed off sugar, a major risk for developing tooth decay. Acid-Forming

When teeth are exposed to alcohol, an acid is left on the enamel which aids in enamel decay.


Whenever you become dehydrated, your mouth dries out. A dry mouth leaves an environment that allows bacteria to thrive in the absence of saliva.


Drinks that are darker in colour such as red wine and dark beer can cause staining.

High Sugar Content

Drinks high in sugar content allow bacteria to thrive in the mouth and multiply.

Citrus-Related Damage

If a citrus fruit is used in your drink, the acid from the juice can be very harsh on the teeth. The acidity from the fruit causes enamel erosion.


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