Halloween parties often get reputations for being epic parties. Keg stands, beer pong and Jell-O shots are all present in large quantities and on All Hallow’s Eve, inhibitions are thrown out of the window in favor of a good time. As much fun as Halloween parties can be, you will not only be left with a Halloween Hangover, you will also pave the way for cavities to set up shop on your teeth.
Tooth decay is a big problem related to alcohol consumption because of the sugars and acids in alcoholic drinks. When these sugars combine with natural bacteria in the mouth they form an acid that attacks enamel, breaking it down.
This is especially true when the teeth are constantly exposed to sugars and starches in alcohol without a break (*cough* keg stands).
But it is not just the sugar and starches in alcohol that can be harmful to teeth. Alcohol dries out your mouth just like smoking does. The dry tissue decreases saliva and salvia is a powerful tool in reducing the incidence of cavities. Dry mouth can accelerate the damage caused by the sugar in alcohol.
So be warned. If you are going to partake in Halloween shenanigans, brush and floss your teeth as soon as possible.
For those that are heavy drinkers and plan on a weeklong Halloween bender, the probability of damage from drinking is much higher.
Heavy drinking can cause:
Irritation of the gum, tongue and oral tissues
Poor healing after dental surgery
Poor dental health habits
Increase in tooth decay
Increases risk toward periodontal (gum) disease
Heavy drinkers are also at greater risk of developing cancer in the mouth, throat and esophagus. Obviously these are side effects that you want to avoid so if you are going out this week, take it easy on the hooch. Your teeth will thank you.
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