Smoking and heavy alcohol consumption can have a detrimental effect on oral health. Here are a few things to know before smoking or consuming alcohol.
- Increases the risk of oral cancer, which can be life-threatening if not detected early.
- Causes bad breath and yellowing of the teeth
- Increases the risk of gum disease, a leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
- Decreases the blood flow to the gums, which can make it harder for the gums to heal after injury or surger
- Can cause a dry mouth, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
- Can lead to a vitamin deficiency, specifically vitamin B, that may affect the health of the gums and the tongue.
- Can increase the risk of oral cancer.
- Can cause tooth erosion, as many alcoholic beverages are acidic.
- Can lead to addiction and alcohol-related problems which may lead to neglect of oral hygiene
It’s important to limit alcohol consumption and quit smoking to maintain good oral health. Drinking water after consuming alcohol can help to rinse away any sugar and acid that may harm the teeth, and limiting the amount of sugary drinks consumed can also help to reduce the risk of tooth decay. Your dentist can also provide recommendations and support to help you quit smoking and improve your oral health.