After a long, grueling week at the office, nothing seems to sound better than an ice-cold beer on a Friday night. Whether you enjoy it to wind down before going to bed, or you meet up with some friends to share a laugh, beer is a popular adult beverage of choice. But have you ever thought about the effects that it can have on your teeth? Continue reading to learn what beer can do to your smile is you are indulging in it often.
Just like other pigmented beverages, beer can cause teeth to become stained over time. This can appear as either yellow or brown tints on the surface of the teeth. If you like to drink darker beers, like porters and stouts, this can cause even more discoloration. In order to reduce this, drink a glass of water while you are enjoying your beer. This way, the beer will be rinsed off your teeth quicker before having a lasting effect. Brush your teeth once you finish the beverage.
In addition to affecting the appearance of your teeth, beer can cause structural damage. The enamel that covers and protects your teeth is the strongest substance in your entire body, but acidic beverages, like beer, are its nemesis! Over time, beer can erode the enamel which is permanent. This will expose the yellow dentin underneath and cause additional discoloration and sensitivity. Keep in mind that darker malt beers tend to be more acidic than light beers. Sours are typically the most acidic types of beer out there.
If you drink alcoholic beverages often, you can become dehydrated. This will mess with your body’s ability to produce enough saliva to keep the pH of your mouth at an ideal level. Fewer food particles and bacteria will be washed away as well. Be sure that you are drinking plenty of water to keep your body hydrated, especially when you are enjoying adult beverages.
You might not be thinking of beer as a sugary drink, but there is more in it than you may think. The bacteria in your mouth feed off this sugar and plaque is the result. This sticky substance can harden into tartar when it isn’t removed right away. Ultimately, this makes it more difficult to clean your gums effectively and you can develop an infection known as periodontal disease. When left to progress, this can mean gum recession, loose teeth, and tooth loss. Be sure that you are keeping up excellent oral hygiene practices to keep your smile in great shape.
Every beer enthusiast should understand the effects that the beverage has on their teeth. By taking precautionary steps, you can enjoy your weekend brewski with beautiful pearly whites!
About the Author
After completing his Bachelor of Dental Surgery in India, Dr. Rupeshwar Renkuntla moved to the United States and earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery in Oklahoma. Currently, he is a proud member of the American Dental Association and Texas Dental Association. For more information or to schedule an appointment at his office in Saginaw, visit his website or call (817) 989-2832.