Whether you enjoy an occasional glass of wine or a more frequent drink, it’s important to know how your oral health can be affected. Recently, a study in the Journal of Periodontology showed a link between gum disease and consuming alcohol.
Increased Risk of Gum Disease
In the study, over 500 people were interviewed about their alcohol consumption and their gum and oral health were assessed. The research showed a strong relationship between alcohol and the risk of gum disease:
- • The risk of gum disease increased 18 to 27 percent for men who drank regularly.
- • Alcohol consumption increased the rate and severity of periodontal disease in people who already had the condition.
- • Alcohol consumption by those who did not have periodontal disease heightened the risk of gum disease with noticeable symptoms such as bleeding, increased plaque levels and gum detachment.