Studies reveal that drinking too much alcohol could increase the risk of oral cancer.
Many of us enjoy a glass or two of wine or beer from time to time and while there is nothing wrong with consuming alcohol in moderation, drinking too much (and too often) could result in some serious health issues.
With the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic an all too real factor, a recent survey has revealed that Australians are consuming more alcohol than ever. Read on to find out more about the findings of the survey and the impact that our drinking habits could have on our oral and overall health…
What did the survey reveal?
The survey, which was conducted by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), found that a number of concerning alcohol use behaviours have risen during the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, up to 13 percent of those surveyed reported being concerned about the amount of alcohol either they or a member of their household drinks; 11 percent of participants said that they drink alcohol as a means of coping with anxiety and stress; and 14 percent said that they drink on a daily basis.
Interestingly, Australia has also seen a significant increase in consumer spending on alcohol since the country went into lockdown earlier in the year.
How does alcohol impact our oral health?
Studies show that long-term and high levels of alcohol consumption increase the risk of oral cancer considerably. Besides the risk of oral cancer, heavy consumption of alcohol also tends to increase the likelihood of a range of other oral health issues, including gum disease, mouth sores and tooth decay.
Alcohol also tends to cause stains and discolouration to teeth, while the high sugar content of some beverages can lead to cavities and decay. Alcoholic drinks also dry out the mouth, making it easier for plaque and bacteria to affect the surface of the teeth.
How much is too much?
According to the Australian Department of Health, one should not have more than 10 standard drinks in a week or more than four standard drinks in a day. A standard drink refers to a 285ml glass of full-strength beer or a 100ml glass of red or white wine.
How can we help?
If you have noticed signs of an oral health issue, such as tooth decay, discolouration or gum disease, we recommend that you come in and see us. In fact, we urge all of our patients to come in for regular check-ups.
Despite the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are open and operating almost as normal. With the rapid and constantly changing situation, there may be restrictions around certain treatments and appointment times, but please get in touch with us and we will do our best to help you.
The team at Access Dental Care is staying up to date with current infection control as recommended by the Australian Dental Association, so you can rest assured that we will provide our dental services in a safe environment.
If you would like to make an appointment to see us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We offer a wide range of dental services, from general check-ups to children’s dentistry and restorative procedures. Our team is dedicated to provided top quality dentistry, and you will find us at three locations: Perth CBD, Bull Creek and East Perth. To see a full list of the services we provide, please take a look here.