You may want to sit down. Current dental science confirms something that you may have suspected, but hoped wasn't true: Alcohol is pretty terrible for your teeth. Unfortunately, it is true about all kinds and varieties, too. With 89% of U.S. adults saying that a healthy smile creates a good first impression, you may want to know the facts about alcohol and its effects on your teeth.
Let's Get The Obvious Out Of The Way
If you make a habit out of drinking red wine, you may want to know all that you can about dental care and the best whitening treatments. Its rich color makes it pretty obvious; red wine contains a lot of pigment, and this pigmentation can easily (and often does easily) stain your teeth. On top of that, red wine has acids and binding agents. Acids erode tooth enamel and those binding agents will help those stains stick onto your teeth.
What About Beer?
If you are a beer drinker, you may think you are in the clear. Well, that's just not true. Beer can also affect your dental health, and drinking responsibly can go a long way to improve your smile. Just like wine, beer can be pretty acidic, and if you take your time -- i.e., sit back and relax with a cold one -- its effects will be even worse.
Even Your Mixed Drinks Aren't Safe
The overwhelming majority of Americans (82.5%) are pretty satisfied with the best whitening treatments (that is, in-office procedures). And that's something you're going to need to know, if you have a habit of downing mixed drinks. A lot of mixed drinks use mixers like cranberry juice, orange juice, and even grenadine. The bad news is that all of these things contain a ton of sugar, and that's not a good thing. "Imagine sucking on hard candy for several hours a day -- that's how bad this is for your teeth," Good Housekeeping writes.
Sixty-nine percent of U.S. adults (ages 35 to 44) are already missing a tooth. Don't make matters worse. Limit your number of alcoholic beverages when you can for the sake of your teeth.