Gum disease is a very common and unpleasant condition that’s estimated to affect one out of every two American adults who are age 30 or older. It is also commonly known as periodontal disease and is damaging to your oral health, physical health and self-esteem. Unfortunately, those who drink alcohol heavily may be at an increased risk of developing periodontal disease than those who drink occasionally or not at all. Here’s what you should know about the link between gum disease and heavy alcohol consumption.
Everyone has bacteria in their mouths. Some of it is “good” bacteria and some is “bad”. As long as the good bacteria outweighs the bad, the mouth is likely to remain relatively healthy. Unfortunately, researchers have found that individuals who consume large amounts of alcohol have more bad bacteria in the mouth and fewer good bacteria than nondrinkers. The undesirable bacteria found in heavy drinkers’ mouths have been linked to gum disease and other diseases. Those who drink alcohol in moderation or avoid it completely are more likely to develop and maintain a high number of good bacteria in the mouth, as long as good oral hygiene is practiced as well.
If you consume a lot of alcohol and you exhibit the signs of gum disease (including chronic bad breath and swollen, bleeding gums), there is always hope. The dentists at Art Of Dentistry in San Diego, CA are highly skilled doctors who offers gentle laser gum surgery to remove bacteria-infected gum tissue from the mouth with pulses of light. The procedure is virtually pain-free and is very effective at avoiding healthy tissue while targeting only inflamed tissue.
Periodontal disease in San Diego, CA is a serious condition that should be treated and managed right away. Fortunately, it’s easy to take control of your health and schedule a gum disease consultation with Dr. Addleson, Dr. Campbell, or Dr. Landau. To get started, call The Art of Dentistry today.