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During this holiday time of year, many adults tend to celebrate the festivities by drinking alcohol. If this is you, you may want to know a little bit about the effects alcohol can have on your teeth. Learning how alcohol impacts your oral cavity will help you keep your alcohol intake to a proper level; read on to find out a little bit more about what alcohol can do to your dental health.

One of the most key functions of saliva is washing out debris and damaging bacteria from your oral cavity. As a number of people can attest, drinking too much alcohol can dry out your oral cavity, which leaves your mouth without the help of saliva. With the saliva gone, destructive bacterial acids have free reign over eroding your teeth and can do so unconstrained, which can be very destructive. If you’re drinking alcohol and notice your oral cavity starting to feel dry, put down the alcohol and drink a little bit of water. We hope you enjoy your celebrations and that you drink responsibly. Happy holidays!

Do you need some help? Get in touch with us at 661-327-7497 to pencil in a checkup with Dr. Peter D Kim and the Bakersfield, California, Truxtun Family Dentistry team. We’re excited to see you and your family again soon!