Is Alcohol Harmful for Your Oral Health?

When you consume excess alcohol regularly, you increase your risk of dental problems. Consuming less alcohol as part of a healthier lifestyle, plus regular visits to the dentist can help prevent these oral health issues.

Key takeaways:

  • Alcohol can be very acidic which erodes tooth enamel, even more so if you do not regularly brush your teeth.
  • The dehydrating effects of alcohol means less saliva and affects the protection of the enamel of your teeth.
  • Excessive alcohol consumption increases the risk of developing oral cancer.

“Drinkers also tend to have more plaque in their oral cavities, which can accumulate around the gums to cause the irritation and infection characteristic of gum disease. In people who have existing gum disease, drinking can make the condition worse!”

See your dentist twice a year to get an oral exam and cleanings that will help prevent complications.

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Dr Siddharth Wandrekar - Practice principal (GDC No. 170074)

BDS – India 2004, MSc Prosthetic Dentistry 2007 (London), MJDF Royal College of Surgeons England

Sidd has been with Brunel Dental Practice since 2011 and took over the practice in September 2016 after the previous principal retired.

Sidd qualified in 2004 from one of the prestigious Universities in India. He came to the UK and meritoriously obtained a Masters in Prosthetic Dentistry from King’s College, London. He then spent a year in a hospital environment being involved in major surgeries such as head and neck cancer, correction of jaw fractures and complex surgical removal of teeth. He moved to work as an Associate in Private and NHS practices in Scotland before joining Brunel Dental Practice.

Sidd enjoys dentistry because he can help everyone to achieve good dental health and overall well-being in a caring and comfortable environment.

He is married with two boys who keep him on his toes. He loves playing tennis and represents the local club in the regional Leagues. He loves to travel and visit offbeat places. He also has a keen interest in current affairs.

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