Alcohol, though enjoyable in a drunkard or even a connoisseur’s intoxicated state, is known to not only waste internal organs – but teeth as well. Alcohol is a napalm bomb of sugars, which, when metabolized by the saliva in the mouth, almost turns immediately into plaque. And situation gets worse because almost every drunkard forgets to brush his/her teeth after drinking a bottle full of spirits.
Gin, rummy, wine, vodka, whiskey, brandy and all sorts of alcoholic concoctions (and not to mention beer) have high concentrations of sugar. Sweet wines that have found their way into the mainstream liquor market are also taking center stage in being the primary cause of plaque and tooth decay on binging adolescents and adults. Sugar is the sole catalyst in defining sweet wine from dry wine.
Grapes and apples are two of the primary ingredients used in wine. Both of these fruits, when fermented, convert sugar into alcohol. Some of the fruit will not be fermented, turning some of the extract into residual sugar, which is another danger to teeth, even at a measly 1% to 3% content – meaning not even dry wine is completely free from sugar. Winemakers have also been deliberately adding sugar (sucrose) to wine to boost its alcoholic content.
As mentioned earlier, alcohol gets metabolized into sugar, and then the sugar into plaque faster than you can wake up from a hangover. The basic knowledge that we salivate more during the course of the day than at night gives us the notion that drinking during daylight will likely speed up the deterioration of our teeth, regardless if we brush or not. In addition, the chances of contracting cancer are higher if the person is a day drinker, because the metabolism of the body is highest during the day.
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Let's face it, visiting the dentist is rarely considered one of our most fun ways to spend an afternoon. We begin to think up reasons why the latest dentist visit needs to be skipped – maybe we are too busy this time, or we even try to save a penny here and there. If our teeth feel fine and look OK, why should we continue with regular checks? Should not we just visit the dentist when we feel pain or discomfort?
Although we may try to save money by missing checkups, modern day dentistry centers will save you even more on preventative measures. Your dentist will encourage you to perform cleaning, flossing, and cleaning at home that in fact minimize the work that he needs to do. With the increase in minimal intervention dentistry in use today, dentists take a 'hands off' approach if they can.
Even so, and with good oral hygiene at home, there are still times measures that a dentist must take in the office to fight dental caries (tooth decay) and periodontal disease (gum disease). Left unabated these problems can grow out of control and become painful and costly to remedy.
The truth is, preventive dentistry is much cheaper on the pocket in the long run. By the time your teeth become discolored, chipped, painful, or loose, your dental hygiene is usually in a sorry state. A simple cavity can be filled in the matter of minutes, but left untreated it can turn into a situation that requires an expensive root canal. It will cost you much more money and time to get this repaired in comparison to following the advice of preventive dentistry and continuing with regular checks at your dentist.
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