How 5 o’clock Happy Hour could be Wrecking your Teeth

happy hour can wreck your teeth

Share This Post

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on email

happy hour can wreck your teethORANGE CITY AND DELTONA, FL

It has been a hard day at work, and you are looking forward to your five o’clock happy hour with your friends or co-workers. Although you may be of legal age to partake in consuming alcohol, it could be damaging to your oral health. The occasional alcoholic beverage at a special occasion or a few times a month should not cause extensive damage to your teeth if you take proper care after consumption of your alcoholic beverage. Dr. Terry Soule, a general dentist in DeBary, wants you to be aware of how five o’clock happy hour could be wrecking your teeth and how you can reduce the damage by taking action after drinking.

Alcohol is Acidic

Although it is common to think that only fruity cocktails are the culprit of high levels of acidity, all alcohol is acidic, which erodes the enamel on your teeth, potentially increasing the risk of tooth sensitivity and tooth decay. When you consume large amounts of alcohol without food or brushing your teeth shortly after drinking, the effects of the acid could worsen. This is especially the case if you have been out for a heavy night of drinking and go to bed without brushing your teeth.

To help you understand the acidity in alcohol a little better, you need to know how pH balance works and the effect it can have on your oral health. Regular water has a neutral pH balance of seven on a scale from zero to 14. The numbers below seven are more acidic. Closer to 14 is alkaline. So, with seven being neutral, water is the perfect balancing agent.

Keep in mind that anything causing the pH balance in your mouth to drop below 5.5 could cause problems for your teeth, adding more expenses to your dental bill when visiting your dentist in Deltona. For example, a popular gin and tonic measures a pH of about two, and therefore, could cause severe damage to the enamel on your teeth.

If you do not consume alcohol, you are not invincible to the pH balance equation. Fizzy drinks such as soda can also cause severe damage to your tooth’s enamel as it measures between 2.5 and 3.5, making thees beverages highly acidic. However, it is not just fizzy drinks that cause damage as fruit juices also fall below the pH balance recommended to maintain a healthy mouth. When you add soda or juice to alcohol, it will compound the acidity level and potentially cause more damage.

Minimize the Damage

If your five o’clock happy hour is the highlight of your day, and you can not seem to give it up, consider consuming your beverage through a straw to limit the exposure of the alcohol, soda, or juice to your teeth. Also, drink a glass of water between alcoholic beverages to rebalance the pH in your mouth and rinse the acids and sugars away from your teeth.

Although you may think brushing your teeth immediately after consuming an alcoholic beverage would be the best choice, think again. When brushing your teeth, you could spread the acids to other teeth creating additional damage. Therefore, drink a glass of water after you are done consuming alcohol and wait approximately 30 minutes before brushing your teeth to reduce the risk of causing more damage.

Dentist in DeBary, Deltona, and Orange City

Terry Soule, DDS understands that enjoying an adult beverage is quite common for some. However, when you choose to drink, please do so in moderation not only for your overall health and safety but for your oral health as well. If you would like to know more about how acid affects your teeth, feel free to contact our Orange City dentist office at (386) 775-1552 or request an appointment by visiting our website.

Interested to know more?

More To Explore

does mouthwash really work

Does Mouthwash Actually Work?

ORANGE CITY AND DELTONA, FL Bad breath is a common problem most people experience. Caused by several factors such as food and bacteria, bad breath can be embarrassing in social situations or during that romantic moment on a date. Reaching for mouthwash to freshen your breath is one method of immediately eradicating the problem. Sometimes mouthwash can be a lifesaver in a pinch, although results may not last. Still, your dentist in Orange City, Terry Soule, DDS, is answering the question if mouthwash actually works. Mouthwash Promises When watching a mouthwash commercial, you will often see the following benefits highlighted

Read More »
do these things before veneers

Do these 3 things before you get Veneers

ORANGE CITY AND DELTONA, FL A bright white sparkling smile with straight teeth is a common goal for most people as it shows a sign of health and helps with self-confidence. Veneers are a popular option in cosmetic dentistry when you want to improve your smile. Veneers correct stained, broken, uneven, or slightly crooked teeth that could cause you to feel self-conscious about your smile. As wonderful as a perfect smile sounds, your cosmetic dentist in Deltona, Terry Soule, DDS recommends that you do these three things before you get veneers. That way, you experience the best results and protect

Read More »
Scroll to Top