We have spoken before about how drinking can damage gums. Now new published research shows how one impact of drinking negatively affects gums. People who don’t brush their teeth after drinking are more likely to suffer damage to their gums.

Evaluating Drinking in a College Population

dreamstime_s_27182219The study looked at 808 college students who habitually consume alcohol. The population of 541 males and 267 females was surveyed about toothbrushing behavior after drinking as well as several other relevant aspects of their oral health routine. They were also given a dental exam, and their percentage of gingival pockets that experienced bleeding on probing–an indicator that gums are at risk of receding–were recorded.

The study showed that about 13% of participants admitted to skipping toothbrushing after drinking. These participants also said that their average alcohol consumption was higher than those who remembered to brush after drinking.

Participants who didn’t brush after drinking were more likely to have debris on their teeth when evaluated, and about 2.6 times more likely to have a high number of gum pockets that bled on probing.

Don’t Let Excuses Interrupt Your Oral Hygiene

If you want to prevent receding gums, it’s important to maintain your oral hygiene every day. Of course, there are going to be random instances where circumstances prevent you from brushing your teeth. These shouldn’t affect your gum health appreciably. However, if you give yourself an excuse not to brush your teeth on a regular basis, you are likely to find that you suffer significant receding gums.

To make sure your gums are protected, don’t give yourself a reason not to brush or floss. Get rid of excuses and practice good oral hygiene every day.

If your college drinking days have left you with receding gums, we can help. Please call 310-275-5325 in Beverly Hills or (949) 551-5902 in Orange County to learn about nonsurgical treatment for receding gums.