St. Patrick’s Day Puts Your Teeth At Risk?

It’s the favorite day of just about every Irish person you know, heck most people you know love St. Patrick’s Day. A fun day full of drinking and celebrating heritage and traditions.  And with St. Patrick’s Day around the corner you might be looking at  a pint (or 2 or 10) of green beer. But wait…We have some things to tell you about.

Tooth decay is a big problem related to alcohol consumption because of the sugars and acids in alcoholic drinks. When sugars combine with natural bacteria in the mouth they form an acid that attacks enamel, especially when the teeth are constantly exposed to alcohol.

Alcohol dries out your mouth just like smoking does, many of us probably do at least one or the other on St. Patrick’s Day. The dry tissue decreases saliva and saliva is a powerful tool in reducing the incidence of cavities. Dry mouth can also accelerate the damage caused by the sugar in alcohol.

Heavy drinkers are also at greater risk of developing cancer in the mouth, throat and esophagus. Obviously, these are side effects that you want to avoid so if you are going out this week, take it easy on the hooch. And if you absolutely must partake in the St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans, drink some water in between the green beers and brush and floss your teeth as soon as possible. Your teeth will thank you.

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