Denplan supports Dry January

Posted by Vittoria Gallagher on 09/01/2017

Every January, Alcohol Concern runs a national campaign to encourage as many people as possible to go alcohol-free for 31 days. We have long understood the links between alcohol consumption and oral health and will be doing our bit in helping the nation to rethink its drinking habits.

Alcohol can have a variety of detrimental effects on oral health such as tooth staining, erosion and even tooth decay.

Check out our Twitter account which will update on oral health facts and fun ways to encourage your employees to take part.

Limit the damage alcohol does to your teeth and gums:

  • Many types of alcohol are acidic and sugary, and even more so when they’re mixed with soft drinks.

  • This can cause acid erosion on tooth enamel – the hard protective layer on your teeth – and even tooth decay.

  • Alcohol is also dehydrating and reduces saliva flow, lessening its ability to neutralise harmful acids in the mouth.

  • Combat this by drinking a glass of water between alcoholic drinks to stay hydrated.

  • If possible, drink acidic alcoholic drinks through a straw.

  • Keep track of how much you drink and make sure you’re not exceeding the daily unit guidelines.

  • Wait at least 30 minutes after drinking and eating before brushing your teeth.

  • Don’t be tempted to graze on sugary junk food all day to cure a hangover, instead opt for healthier alternatives such as green tea, carrots or nuts.