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Old 05-04-2009, 01:33 PM   #1
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Is liquor bad for teeth?

This may be a silly question but I have extremely week teeth and a bad immune system so I easily get cavities. I brush/floss/mouthwash 5-6 times a day, cut out most sugar(as much as possible, I didn't realize even milk has sugar in it), carbonation, and anything acidic like orange juice. But I just turned 21 one and I'm wondering if the occasional drink of scotch is ok? Alcohol kills germs, right? Some mouth washes use alcohol so I assume the occasional glass wouldn't be that bad? I know beer is bad because it has carbonation, so thats out, but I don't see why a liquor would be a problem.

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Old 05-04-2009, 09:15 PM   #2
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Re: Is liquor bad for teeth?

Your teeth are protected by your saliva, however, alcohol and anything containing alcohol (like mouthwash) has a drying effect, which can remove the protection your saliva gives. Many dentists will recommended using a non-alcohol mouthwash. Now, your mouth will recover from any alcohol, but the less the better. Some things that will help:
- after any alcohol, be sure to drink a full glass of water and swish to rehydrate your mouth
- avoid alcohol within an hour of bed. Your mouth dries out while you sleep, using alcohol before bed makes that much worse.
- get a non-alcohol based mouthwash

 
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