How Coffee, Alcohol, and Tobacco Habits Impact Dental Health
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How Coffee, Alcohol, and Tobacco Habits Impact Dental Health

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There are several ways that coffee, tobacco, and alcohol can damage your oral and dental health. Regular use of these substances can cause problems ranging from staining of the teeth to developing oral cancer.

Tobacco Use

Each time you breathe in cigarette smoke, the toxins in the tobacco will cause staining to the enamel of the teeth, weaning them and causing sensitivity. Smoking can also lead to gum disease and certain types of cancer, including oral cancer, throat cancer, and lung cancer. Chewing tobacco is even worse than smoking because the tobacco comes in direct contact with the tooth enamel.

Coffee & Alcohol Use

Coffee and alcoholic beverages are highly acidic and will weaken the tooth enamel over time. They are also notorious for staining the teeth, especially red wine and coffee. The more you expose your vulnerable tooth enamel to these drinks, the more severe the damage.

Reversing the Harmful Impact

The best way to treat the harmful side effects of coffee, alcohol, and tobacco is to limit or discontinue these products. We know that this can’t always be feasible, so proper care of your dental health is required to reduce the harm these products will have on your teeth.

Additionally, it’s a good idea to use toothpaste designed to remove stains from the tooth enamel. Certain types of mouthwashes can remove stains from the teeth as well. Finish this treatment plan with daily flossing and a visit to Severance Dental every six months for a dental cleaning and a checkup.

To make an appointment, please call Severance Dental, our Adult family dentist. 

Posted on Nov 9, 2020

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