Over the decades there has been a debate about whether alcohol is good or bad for health. Its mere name is enough to excite an arguable conversation between both drinkers and non-drinkers but it is safe to say that alcohol is both a tonic and a toxin. The effect depends on the amount of its dosage. Moderate drinking is good for the heart and circulatory system while heavy drinking leads to the consequences which are known to all.
Alcohol not only affects your body but also causes much harm to your oral health i.e. teeth and gums. Gum disease, tooth decay, and even worse oral cancer affect majorly the heavy drinkers. Alcohol Abuse is the second largest risk factor for the development of oral cancer.
Higher alcohol intake leads to higher plaque levels in teeth and the outcome is permanent tooth loss. When alcoholic beverages are consumed frequently, acids and sugars present weaken and damage the tooth enamel beyond repair. Alcohol consumption causes a decrease in saliva flow causing dehydration in the mouth, so the bacteria instead of being washed away clings to the enamel increasing the chances of tooth decay. The dehydrating effect of alcohol on cell walls of the mouth increases the bacteria, which lowers the body immunity to use antioxidants against the formation of cancer.
The main symptoms of oral cancer include:
(1) Red or white lesions inside the mouth.
(2) Swelling or
Alcohol consumption also causes staining and discolouration of teeth. Heavily coloured alcohol causes dark stains on your teeth which is long lasting. Red wine or similar drinks contain deep hues discolouring your teeth permanently.
The above-said factors are enough to make you think twice before having a drink. Reducing or eliminating the intake of alcohol reduces the risk of oral cancer. Visit your dentist regularly for the early detection of the potential threat before it becomes something serious. It is also recommended to use aquawhite™ Carbon HD Toothbrush whose carbon infused bristles removes plaque effectively keeping the gums healthy and strong.