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During the holiday season, multiple adults like to celebrate and enjoy the festivities by drinking alcohol. If this is you, you may want to see a small bit of the effects alcohol can have on your teeth and gums. Understanding how alcohol affects your oral cavity will help you keep your alcohol intake to an appropriate level; read on to find out a tiny bit additional about what alcohol can do to your dental health.

One of the most essential functions of spit is washing out leftovers and hurtful bacteria from your oral cavity. As many people can attest, drinking too much alcohol can dry out your oral cavity, which leaves your mouth without the help of spit. With the saliva gone, hurtful bacteria have free reign over eroding your teeth and can do so unconstrained, which can be very harmful to your teeth. If you’re drinking alcohol and detect your mouth starting to dry, put down the alcohol and drink a tiny bit of water. We hope you enjoy your holiday celebrations and that you drink responsibly. Happy holidays!

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