The Verdict – Is Beer Bad For Your Teeth?

Everyone has heard about how wine stains your teeth just like coffee, but what about beer? Sure, beer has other health consequences if consumed in large quantities, but what about social beer drinkers? Certainly, many people would hesitate to think that beer could be any better for your teeth since it is still alcohol, but what’s the verdict?

For starters, one thing everyone knows about alcohol in general is that it dehydrates you. Sure, you can take steps to help keep your mouth hydrated when you’re drinking beer, but who is really always going to be prepared each time they get ready to have a beer?

Besides, since beer is naturally dehydrating, it is going to affect your teeth, even if you do take precautions. The more you drink, the more consequences of course, so people that consume beer every so often or just a few drinks a week might not experience the dental health consequences as much when it comes to a dehydrated mouth.

With a dry mouth, the dental consequences you face include bacteria that can cause cavities, and of course acid damage is in overdrive. Alcohol is itself acidic, so this is a double whammy. And, while social drinkers may start to feel safe thinking they don’t consume as much alcohol, you’re about to find out why that may not be the case.

Think about how people drink alcohol. You may not be the one chugging beers and drinking everyday, but when you’re drinking beer, sipping it slowly can be just as dangerous. Enjoying two beers over a two hour period of time ends up making your entire mouth prone to all that acid. Why? The pH balance of your mouth has been compromised, and is staying compromised the entire time you’re enjoying your beers.

Too much alcohol consumption actually contributes to oral cancer risk, no matter if you’re drinking beer, wine or liquor. So be aware of this fact as well. You can see now that beer in every way is detrimental to oral health, especially if you are one who smokes when you are drinking.

Does that mean you should be scared of beer? No, as many other beverages you drink and foods you eat also can contribute to oral health issues. But, now that you’re educated about beer, and the fact that alcohol is worse on your teeth than many other substances, you can carefully enjoy your consumption.

Plenty Of Options For Discount Dentistry

Look around these days and you will find many dentists offering their services at a discount just to get you in the door. With skyrocketing costs and an economy not performing well it has certainly hit the dental industry hard.

With so many Americans facing tough times at home, finding a dentist at reduced prices is a huge priority. Thankfully many dentists realize there is a need for their services so they join plans that offer discount services. This enables people like you and me to buy these dental services at a fraction of the cost. Of course not everything is covered, but at least you can heavily discounted services like teeth cleanings a few times per year.

Many people forgo the dentist because they either don’t have insurance or the costs are too high. But that really is just an excuse because you should at least take advantage of the many discount plans available. Everybody should go to the dentist at minimum twice a year for an x-ray, consultation and to get their teeth cleaned. This can prevent more serious problems down the road, then you will really need to shell out major dollars for a dentist.

There are other discount options such as low cost dental clinics and also colleges in your area that practice dentistry. If you look hard enough you can find a dentist in your area or somewhere close that can provide you services at a reduced price.

Some dentists have their own in house discount plan. This may include the entire family, and if everyone signs up the savings can be a lot more. You can also go online and search for coupons and promotional offerings since dentists are always looking for new patients.

With the healthcare industry in a state of flux dental practices have been hit very hard. Even during the good times getting quality dental insurance is difficult, but now it is almost impossible. Children are covered but for adults we are left scratching our heads trying to find a plan that saves us money.

Although a trip to the dentist may be costly, at the very least take advantage of the discount plans that offer free dental cleanings. It will save you a lot of future trouble and give you reasons for taking better care of your teeth. But first use every option available to you in order to save money at the dentist.