Aug 23, 2019

What are the Effects of Smoking And Drinking Alcohol On Teeth?

Our Croton on Hudson NY dental office specializes in maintaining dental health for all patients. Dr. Bard Levey and Dr. Scott Schwartz are both experienced and knowledgeable in providing patients with healthy smiles by offering great services such as: fillings, bondings, dental implants, veneers, as well as teeth whitening and more!

Effect of Smoking on Teeth

Smoking and other tobacco products can potentially disrupt the normal function of gum tissue. This puts smokers at a higher risk for infections, periodontal disease, and subpar blood flow. Vaping can also negatively affect blood flow, and can over time stain teeth due to coloring or other harmful ingredients. The negative effects of smoking on your mouth and teeth can include, but are not limited to:

  • Inflammation
  • Bad breath
  • Tooth discoloration / Yellowing
  • Buildup of tartar and plaque
  • Increased risk of oral cancer

Effect of Alcohol on Teeth

Enjoying alcohol in moderation is typically okay. However, consuming alcohol in excess quantities may damage teeth and negatively affect your overall oral health. Did you know, alcohol abuse is the second most common risk factor leading to oral cancer? The key is moderation, and awareness. The short and long-term effects of alcohol on oral health include:

  • Gum disease
  • Mouth sores
  • Higher plaque levels
  • Tooth decay
  • Permanent tooth loss

Drinking & Smoking

The effect of smoking tobacco or using other nicotine devices on teeth and drinking alcohol is determined by specific factors. Some of these factors include the amount consumed, the frequency of consumption, and other individual factors. Alcohol can cause stains as well as cigarettes due to the color in beverages, and smoke found in cigarettes which attaches to tooth enamel. Smoking and alcoholic beverages may cause dryness of the mouth. Without proper saliva, your mouth has a more difficult time effectively remove plaque and bacteria from the surface of teeth. Thus causing buildup of plaque, negatively impacting the health of your mouth, and potentially even creating higher rates of bacteria.

Finding a Team That Can Help

We know that you may have found yourself in a situation that might be best addressed by professionals. Whether you have stains, damage to teeth, or other wear and tear contributed by smoking or drinking. Our team at Scott Schwartz and Bard J. Levey are experts in all areas of dentistry. We are here to answer any concerns you may have regarding the effects of smoking and drinking alcohol on your teeth. As well as getting you situated with a treatment plan tailored to your situation. We serve the areas of Croton-On-Hudson NY, Peekskill NY, Montrose NY, Tarrytown NY, Ossining NY, Sleepy Hollow NY, and the surrounding areas of Westchester County NY. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and alleviate the effects of smoking and drinking alcohol on teeth.

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