The debate about the health benefits of alcohol has gone on for a long time. People like to talk about how having a drink every day can help them fight off heart disease and other health issues.
What they tend to ignore is the dangers that alcohol present for them. They do not realize that alcohol can end up aggravating gum disease or other health problems. This is how alcohol can make gum disease worse.
Alcohol Can Cause Damage
There are many ways a person can damage their teeth when drinking alcohol. When they damage their teeth, they put themselves at a higher risk for gum disease. People that drink may also chew on the ice when they drink. This can cause broken or cracked teeth.
It is also possible that a person who drinks to excess can suffer some type of trauma that damages their teeth. If they do not do anything about the damage the alcohol led to, they could create a breeding ground for the bacteria that leads to or makes gum disease worse.
Less Obvious Ways People who already suffer from gum disease have pockets and gaps between their teeth and gums. Alcohol contains sugar and other harmful elements. These things are often trapped in the gaps and pockets from gum disease. They are difficult to clean through regular brushing and flossing. This provides the perfect breeding ground for the bacteria associated with gum disease. If left alone, it will only get worse.
The last thing for people to remember is that alcohol makes people forget to do many things. They may not follow the oral hygiene practices they need to prevent or to help fight gum disease. The more a person drinks, the more likely they are to neglect their oral health. This does not happen to everyone that uses alcohol, but it does happen to the people who abuse alcohol.
For more information about this or any other dental health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.