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During this time of year, lots of adults like to celebrate and enjoy the festivities by drinking alcohol. If this is you, you might want to learn a little bit about the effects alcohol can have on your teeth and gums. Knowing how alcohol damages your mouth will help you keep your alcohol drinking to a proper level; read on to find out a little bit additional about what alcohol can do to your dental health.

One of the most central functions of saliva is cleaning out debris and hurtful bacterial acids from your mouth. As many 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, destructive bacterial acids have free reign to start eroding your teeth and can do so unhindered, which can be very harmful. If you’re drinking alcohol and detect your oral cavity starting to feel dry, put down the alcohol and drink a small bit of water. We hope you enjoy your celebrations and that you drink responsibly. Happy holidays!

Want help? Get in touch with us at 262-241-5558 to schedule a checkup with Dr. Michael Kim and the Mequon, Wisconsin, Michael Kim, DDS team. We’re excited to see you and your family again soon!