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Dentist: Excessive holiday drinking bad for dental health
Updated: 12/20/2010 11:00:01 AM
 

Drinking too much during holidays could be bad for teeth One Canadian dentist has found a way to help people without them entering his practice.

Dr. David Mady writes a weekly dental care advice column for the newspaper the Windsor Star.. Readers write in with their burning questions about dental health.

In his most recent column, Mady was asked about whether excessive alcohol consumption could negatively impact a person's teeth.

Mady replied that "heavy drinking can cause irritations of the tissues inside the mouth including the tongue." He added that drinking could slow the healing process after dental surgeries for some patients.

"If the teeth are continuously fed alcohol without waiting five hours...in between drinks, then the enamel matrix deteriorates past the point of return and a cavity starts," Mady wrote.

Tooth decay is a serious condition and can lead to heart disease. The American Dental Association has a number of suggestions for people to prevent tooth decay from developing that include brushing twice a day, flossing daily, eating a balanced diet and limiting between-meal snacks.

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