Heavy drinking can
Irritation of the gum, tongue and oral
Poor healing after dental surgery.
Poor dental health habits.
Increase in tooth decay.
Poor compliance in home care to obtain good
Increases risk toward periodontal
Smoking and drinking are risk
factors for higher incidence of tooth decay, periodontal disease and
Drinking is another issue. Heavy
drinker are at greater risk of developing cancer in the mouth, throat
and esophagus – as well as risking tooth decay from the increased
exposure to sugars and acids within the drink. People with alcohol abuse
problems have been shown to have a higher incidence of periodontal
disease, tooth decay and potentially precancerous oral lesions.
Alcohol Abuse Can Lead to Poor Oral
Alcohol abuse appears to lead to periodontal disease, tooth decay and
mouth sores that are potentially precancerous. Persons who
abuse alcohol are at HIGH risk of having seriously deteriorated teeth,
gums and compromised oral health in general. 80% of this group
of people have moderate to severe gum disease and decayed teeth with more
than one third having potentially precancerous lesions, a rate much
higher than the general population in the US.
Dentistry Today Pg 32, June 2003
The results suggest that persistent
alcohol abuse increases periodontitis
severe gum disease, development by heightening the loss of attachment
through recession of gingival margins.
J Periodontol 2003;74(4):485-493
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often as you need, anytime, day or night. Certified counselors
will develop a personalized "Quit Plan" to help you by setting
specific goals and target dates for quitting and strategies for starving
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All information is confidential.
Smoking As Cancer Risk
Researchers representing the
International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health
Organization (WHO), report that excessive consumption of alcohol
significantly raises the risk of cancer of the mouth, larynx, esophagus,
liver, colon and breast … and may also be linked with cancer of the
pancreas and lung. Moderation is the key recommendation because of
alcohol’s protective benefits against cardiovascular disease. In
developed countries in 2000, the WHO estimates that alcohol caused
185,000 deaths in men and 142,000 deaths in women, but it prevented
71,000 male deaths and 277,000 female deaths in the same year. Source:
consumption and periodontal disease
This study was carried out to evaluate the effect of alcohol consumption
on the severity of periodontal disease.
This cross-sectional study employed 13,198 subjects of the Third
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) aged 20
and older who have at least six natural teeth.
Alcohol consumption may be associated with increased severity of CAL in
a dose-dependent fashion. Prospective studies and studies of mechanism
are needed to confirm the role of alcohol as a risk factor for
[Tezal M, Grossi SG, Ho AW, Genco RJ. Alcohol consumption and
periodontal disease the third National Health and Nutrition
Examination Survey. J Clin Periodontol 2004;31(7): 484 - 488.]
cancer is the sixth most common form of cancer in the U.S., 9 cases
were found in our area just last year. If you catch it early the odds of
5-year survival are 76% . Solution: See us every six months for your examination
. We do a no-charge oral cancer check at every exam.
worry-spots checked with a painless, non-invasive "brush-biopsy"
we can do in our office.
risk factors: The use of tobacco
products is responsible for 80 to 90% of all oral cancers. A pack of
cigarettes a day increases your oral cancer risk 4.5 times; six
alcoholic drinks a day, 3.3 times; 7 to 9 drinks a day, 15 times. Heavy
alcohol use combined with heavy tobacco use can increase the risk up to
February 06, 2008
Alcohol Patient Education
Smokers Dental Guide