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During the holiday season, multiple adults love to celebrate and enjoy the festivities by drinking alcohol. If this is you, you might want to know a little bit about the effects alcohol can have on your teeth and gums. Learning how alcohol damages your oral cavity will help you keep your alcohol drinking to an appropriate level; read on to find out a little bit more about what alcohol can do to your oral health.

One of the most imperative functions of saliva is washing out leftovers and dangerous bacteria from your oral cavity. As numerous people can attest, drinking too much alcohol can dry out your oral cavity, which leaves your mouth without the defense of saliva. With the spit gone, dangerous bacterial acids have free reign to begin eroding your teeth and can do so unrestricted, which can be very harmful. If you’re drinking alcohol and notice your oral cavity starting to dry, put down the alcohol and drink a tiny bit of water. We hope you enjoy your celebrations and that you drink responsibly. Happy holidays!

Do you need some assistance? Get in touch with us at 623-780-3333 to pencil in a checkup with Dr. John Kim and the Phoenix, Arizona, Norterra Dental Care staff. We’re excited to see you and your family again soon!