This St Patrick’s Day, Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Mindful of Your Teeth!
Every March 17th for St Patrick’s Day you can be sure to see green almost everywhere you look. As Americans, we tend to celebrate this Irish holiday by boozing it up and dyeing our alcohol green. While drinking green beer may be a fun idea, it can also lead to tooth decay.
That’s right! The dye used for turning beer into a glass full of green goodness during St Patrick’s Day can lead to tooth decay, dry mouth and staining of the teeth. The dye is only part of the problem, though. Alcohol in general is full of sugars and starches that dry out your mouth, which decreases the amount of saliva produced in order to help combat cavities in your teeth.
A few pointers to help you maintain your beautiful, healthy smile this St. Patrick’s Day:
- Remember to hydrate and drink plenty of water in between alcohol consumption. If you don’t stay hydrated, you are more susceptible to cavities, oral yeast infection and thrush.
- If you’re sober enough, you may want to brush your teeth before plopping yourself down in the bed. Try to refrain from doing this directly after drinking. That’s right, a dentist is telling you to refrain from brushing, sort of. Brushing too soon after drinking alcohol may lead to further damage of your enamel. We suggest holding off for 30 minutes to an hour after drinking.
- Try to stay away from the green stuff. You may end up like one of the many people who wake up with green teeth. While this is temporary, it can keep you from wanting to show your teeth the next day. If this happens to you, try brushing with a whitening toothpaste. If you see that your teeth remain green for a longer period of time, contact your dentist.
- Use a good mouthwash for that “kiss me, I’m Irish” moment. After all, corned beef and cabbage is a combination nobody wants to share during a kiss, no matter how much you’ve had to drink.
Remember – even though St. Patrick’s Day is fun and filled with endless flowing rivers of blissful beer, try to keep things in moderation. Tooth decay and periodontal disease are no laughing matter and excess drinking can lead to both.
If you have any questions about periodontal disease and oral health, or if you’d like to schedule an appointment with one of our many dental professionals, please call us at 561-404-4043 today, or visit our contact page for more information!