March 17th has become one of the biggest worldwide festivals in recent years, with Irishmen and adopted Irishmen all over the world celebrating St Patrick’s Day. Many have taken this as an excuse to head to the pub and spend the day drinking, but there is much more to this important festival than pints of Guinness and just bear in mind if you do end up over-indulging on March 17th you could end up with more than just a hangover the next morning.
Many people in Ealing and across the UK don’t realise that alcohol can have a negative effect on their oral health. For a start, scientific studies have shown that those who drink and smoke regularly are more likely to develop mouth or throat cancer, a terrible disease which can often be fatal if it isn’t caught early. Luckily, dentists are all trained in spotting the first symptoms of the condition, so attending check-ups regularly could help keep you safe from cancer, amongst other oral illnesses.
Alcohol consumption can also increase the chance of developing conditions such as gum disease and tooth decay. Those who drink often are also unlikely to take very good care of their teeth, which only puts them more at risk. Obviously, there is nothing wrong with having a few drinks now and then, so long as you remember to brush your teeth, floss and use mouthwash when you get home from the pub…
If you are concerned that alcohol may have already damaged your oral health, you should make an appointment at Sparkle Dental as soon as possible to have your teeth and gums checked out by one of our team. They may recommend that you make a second appointment with one of the hygienists in the office, when you will have your teeth and gums thoroughly cleaned and polished, to boost your overall oral health and well-being.
Ignoring dental problems caused by alcohol in the hope that they will just go away is not the answer and can quickly transform a simple, easy-to-treat condition into a serious, painful and very expensive problem.
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