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How women can combat alcohol-related oral health problems
Updated: 5/11/2011 9:00:02 PM

Extra brushing and whitening products may counteract the staining effects of red wine Some women will admit that they won't give up their nightly glass of red wine, even if their oral health is at stake. Why would they relinquish this indulgence when there are multiple teeth whitening products available that may help remove stains that are caused by the dark-colored beverage? From bleaching strips to whitening toothpastes, mouthwashes and laser procedures, the means of combating unsightly stains are plenty.

However, a recent article published by the Grand Bahama Tribune indicates that discoloration may not be the only dental problem that results from alcohol consumption. The newspaper reported that liquor affects a region of the brain that regulates sleep. Therefore, nighttime alcohol consumption may increase a woman's risk of developing temporomandibular joint disorder due to teeth grinding during the night. Individuals sometimes grind or clench their teeth if they experience disturbed nightly rest.

Also, excess alcohol consumption may erode teeth due to the high acid content of these beverages, the news provider explained.

Women who regularly consume alcoholic drinks may consider avoiding nighttime consumption and brushing their teeth soon after they finish a beverage in order to help improve their dental health.

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