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During the holidays, multiple adults love to celebrate the festivities by drinking alcohol. If this is you, you may want to learn about a tiny bit about the effects alcohol can have on your teeth and gums. Recognizing how alcohol damages your oral cavity will help you keep your alcohol consumption to an appropriate level; read on to find out a small bit additional about what alcohol can do to your oral health.

One of the most central functions of spit is cleaning out debris and destructive bacterial acids from your mouth. As lots of people can attest, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can dry out your oral cavity, which leaves your mouth without the help of spit. With the saliva gone, damaging bacteria have free reign over eroding your teeth and can do so unconstrained, which can be very damaging for your teeth. If you’re drinking alcohol and notice your oral cavity starting to dry, put down the alcohol and drink a little bit of water. We hope you enjoy your holiday celebrations and that you drink responsibly. Happy holidays!

Do you need some assistance? Call us at 623-547-0307 to schedule a visit with Dr. John Kim and the Litchfield Park, Arizona, Litchfield Dental Care staff. We’re excited to see you and your family again soon!