St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner and as custodians of the tooth brigade, it is our duty to serve you a subtle reminder to save your teeth from the probable risks of all the partying!
So before you begin helping yourselves to healthy servings of green beer, give these facts a thorough read. No, we are not here to play spoilsports. All we intend to do is make sure your teeth are around, even after your partying days are over.
Risks to your oral health
Alcohol is a dehydrating agent and has an adverse impact on oral health too. A dry mouth leads to several complications including increasing the severity of damage caused by the sugar present in your drinks.
The sugars and acids present in alcohol team up with the bacteria present in the mouth, going on to wreak havoc on your tooth enamel and gums, even increasing the chances of periodontal disease.
If your enamel is damaged from too much tooth whitening or other abrasive activities, the exposed pores of your tooth are at an increased risk of turning green. In these circumstances, consumption of alcohol laced with green coloring agents could mean that you end up with green teeth instead of pearly whites!
Why not go for a wholesome Irish meal of corned beef and cabbage instead?
Brushing and flossing your teeth helps in reducing the harmful effects of excess alcohol and food, though reducing intake is the best way to protect your oral health. Drinking lots of water to lessen the side effects of alcohol helps too as the water washes away the sugars in alcohol and food that can attach your teeth.
So while your plans for the best of Irish festivities are underway, do spare a thought for the health of your teeth. Day after day and year after year, it is your teeth that help you celebrate the everyday festival of life!