How Can Alcohol Affect Your Teeth?

How Can Alcohol Affect Your Teeth?

Feb 20, 2019

A glass of wine or a cocktail every now and then will not affect your smile. However, if alcohol is consumed regularly, your teeth will be at risk.

Dr. Thu Nguyen and the oral healthcare professionals at Almeda Dental, located near you on Almeda Genoa Road in Houston, Texas, want to educate their patients, current and new, on the risks of tooth decay, gum disease and other cosmetic dental concerns.

Stains and Discoloration

Red wine and cocktails with stain-causing juices and mixes are notorious for staining and making teeth look dingy. While whitening procedures will remove stains from the surfaces of natural teeth, this procedure will not remove stains from tooth-colored fillings, crowns or veneers.

Therefore, your smile will always remain lessthan white.


Alcoholic beverages, especially cocktails, are high in sugar and will increase the risk of decay. However, drinks that are lower in sugar tend to be more acidic, and acid will weaken and erode the enamel.

In addition, alcohol causes dehydration. When the mouth produces less saliva, harmful bacteria is not naturally washed away. When harmful bacteria remains in your mouth and adheres to teeth with weakened enamel, cavities from decay are sure to form.

Tooth Infection

A tooth infection is an abscess in the tooth’s pulp, the living connective tissue in the center. The abscess will cause the tooth to slowly die which can be very painful. While infections to teeth can be caused by trauma from a complex dental procedure or an accident, infections in teeth are commonly caused by severe decay.

The drinking of too much alcohol increases the risk of bacteria and decay, and the natural extension of this is the increase in the risk of infection.

Gum Disease

The same harmful bacteria that causes tooth decay will also attack gum tissue. This is leads to gum disease, and gum disease causes gums to recede and, eventually, loss to tissue and bone.

Alcohol also restricts blood flow, and this restriction will also increase the chance of gum disease.

It is known that small amounts of alcohol, particularly red wine, will improve the circulatory system, but alcohol in excessive quantities will harm it.

If you would like a consultation for additional information on the negative effects of alcohol to oral health, then please contact the professionals at Almeda Dental, located in the 77075 area code of Houston, Texas, where new patients are always welcome.

Almeda Dental is trusted and highly recommended on advising on preventative measures of tooth decay and gum disease, as well as other treatments and procedures in general and cosmetic dentistry.