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Can Beer Harm Your Teeth?

March 2, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — barcofamilydentalteam @ 3:06 am

Mug of beer sitting on outdoor tableNo summer BBQ is complete without a refreshing beer. Whether you enjoy a cold beer on the weekends or heading to breweries, your pastime can leave a lasting mark on your smile. All beer can affect your dental health negatively. Don’t worry, here’s what you need to know to combat the effects of beer to keep your smile healthy.

Tooth Discoloration

A bright, white smile is attributed to youth, intelligence, confidence, and success. Unfortunately, your pearly whites can lose their luster if you consume beer often. Darker beers, like porters and stouts, can lead to stains, especially those made with dark fruit. Switching to lighter beers won’t keep tooth discoloration at bay. The alcohol and carbonation in the beverage are acidic, which will erode your enamel. As the hard outer layer of your tooth is compromised, more of your yellowish dentin will be visible, making your teeth darker. 

Enamel Erosion

Your mouth should have a pH balance between 6.2 and 7.0. Eating and drinking contribute to the pH level, which influences your dental health. If your pH falls below 5.7, your enamel will demineralize. This means acid created by the foods and drinks you consume can erode your enamel, like carbonated beer. Although your enamel is the hardest substance in your body, it can’t regenerate. Once it has been lost, it is gone for good, leaving you at risk of tooth discoloration, sensitivity, and cavities. 

Dry Mouth

Your saliva kickstarts digestion, but it also keeps your mouth moist to reduce harmful oral bacteria. If your mouth is too dry, it becomes the perfect breeding ground for cavity-causing bacteria. It also increases your risk of gum disease, which is a leading cause of tooth loss. Alcohol is known to decrease saliva production because it can cause dehydration, increasing your risk of preventable oral health issues.

Protecting Your Smile

There is some good news about drinking beer, like its high calcium content. Calcium promotes strong teeth, while the yeast in beer also contains good bacteria that can kill harmful pathogens. 

You can savor the benefits of a satisfying beer without compromising your smile by following a few tips:

  • Limit how often you drink beer and alcohol.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Rinse your mouth with water after finishing your drink.
  • Don’t forget to brush and floss.
  • Visit your dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.

With a few changes at home and regular care from your dentist, you can preserve your oral health. You won’t have to change your lifestyle to keep your smile healthy.

About Dr. Martin T. Barco III

Dr. Barco earned his dental degree at the University of North Carolina after serving as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He regularly pursues higher education to provide modern services to promote optimal oral health. If it is time for your next cleaning and checkup, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

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