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Sober October: What Does Alcohol do to Your Teeth?

An image of a glass of white wine and a glass of red wine.Alcohol may be consumed in moderation and as part of a balanced diet. When consumed in excess, however, alcohol can begin to take its’s toll on the body and this may be manifested in many ways.

Alongside complications in the body, alcohol can also cause problems with the teeth. This month is sober October, so to give you an extra incentive to push through until the end of the month, we take a look at some of the ways alcohol can affect your teeth.


Like many coloured drinks, alcohol can stain the teeth. What’s more, the acidity in alcohol can make them even more susceptible to staining. Consequently, even if you drink a light coloured drink, you are still at risk of tooth staining.

Wine is one of the most common drinks to drink both on nights out, with dinner and at home. White wine is more acidic than red wine, but red wine is more commonly associated with teeth staining.


Saliva helps to protect the teeth from bacteria and plaque, but consuming drinks high in alcohol, such as spirits can cause a dry mouth.

Drinks such as vodka can also vary in ph. Some have a ph as low as 4, whilst others have a ph of 8. The lower the ph, the more at risk there is of exposing your teeth to damage.

Damage to Teeth From Alcoholic Beverages

In addition to staining and dryness, the negative effects of alcoholic drinks can also be from additions to the drink such as fruit or soda, which can erode the enamel.

Love-Teeth Dental Practice

Here at Love-Teeth Dental Practice, we are here to help you show off a smile you can be proud of. Our dedicated dentists and hygienists can provide invaluable information about the effects of your diet on your teeth as well as treatments that can improve your confidence in the appearance of your teeth.

To book an appointment, please call today on 0161 773 7080. Alternatively, click through to our new patient sign up or book an appointment online.

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