How Does Alcohol Affect Your Teeth?

For most people, the holidays may have been all about reconnecting with family and friends over a glass of fine wine, eggnog or single malt scotch whisky.

With more popping fizzing and clinking, how else do you celebrate a new beginning anyway?!

Whether you prefer champagne, red wine, beer or cocktails, you should be aware that your teeth and alcohol don’t really get along that well, unless of course a thorough dental hygiene is practiced.

Here is how alcohol affects your teeth in all the wrong ways:

Alcohol Leaves Stains On your Teeth

Alcohol beverage has chromogens that attach to the enamel of your teeth, causing stains. Your teeth’s enamel is compromised due to the acid in alcohol, making it easier for chromogens to attach to the enamel.

In case you enjoy dark drinks, you can say goodbye to a dazzling white smile, since they have high pigmentation. To minimize the effect, consume water between drinks or drink with a straw.


According to American Dental Association (ADA), alcohol can dehydrate you, causing damage to your teeth in a long run. Alcohol consumption decreases saliva production due to which, alcohol stays in your mouth instead of washing away. This enhances the effects of bacteria on your teeth, increasing the risk of tooth decay.

To avoid this, maintain your water intake as regular as alcoholic beverages to replenish saliva and keep bacteria at bay. You can also chew on sugar-free gum or pop a mint to keep the saliva building.

Alcohol Is High In Sugar

Sugar is bad for your teeth. Period. Everyone knows this.

But how? Sugar is fuel for bacteria in your mouth. If you do not brush your teeth after consuming sugary drinks, bacteria is formed on your teeth, which leads to acid buildup, and ultimately decay.

To limit the damage, opt for low sugar drinks, this will help you enjoy several more parties without worrying about the upcoming and inevitable problem.

You can also opt for dry drinks that are low on sugar, for healthier teeth.

Don’t Chew On Ice

Chewing on ice can cause them to weaken, break or chip! Better leave it to melt and then take a cool sip.

Citrus Is Bad

Even a dash of lemon in your drink can hamper your dental health. Citrus is a strong acidic component that can erode the enamel of your teeth and cause several problems.

If you are looking for regular dental care, get in touch with Advanced Dental Center. Our team of professional dentists offers several dental services. Just as we are dedicated to providing clinical expertise, we also provide patient centered care. Book an appointment at (301) 353-8890.