We have all heard that drinking soda and coffee can have long-lasting damaging effects on our teeth. But did you know that your nightcap can be just as bad?
Alcohol, just like coffee and soda, is acidic. Furthermore, alcohol temporarily reduces saliva production. Saliva plays an important role in dental health, removing bacteria and plaque from your teeth and gums. Removing plaque is important because more plaque equals more opportunity for bacterial acids to cause tooth decay.
So, what can you do about this unfortunate side effect of indulging in alcoholic beverages? As it turns out, you don’t need to cancel Happy Hours forever. Dilute the acidic content of your drink of choice by drinking water after each alcoholic beverage you consume. This technique will also help you remain hydrated. If you notice plaque build-up in spite of this precaution, contact Dr. Sasson and Boston Smile Center right away.
Are you already experiencing plaque build-up or tooth decay? Contact Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA and let us help you take control of your dental health today. Dr. Sasson’s Brookline, MA office happily accepts patients from Cambridge, Boston, Newton, Chelsea, Somerville, and beyond!