April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Do You Know the Connection between Alcohol and Oral Cancer?
Because April is alcohol awareness month, we want to take some time to discuss some of the devastating effects alcohol can have on not only your overall health, but also your oral health. Did you know that alcohol abuse (more than 21 drinks during the week) is the second largest risk factor for developing oral cancer? And when you combine its effects with tobacco use the risk for developing oral cancer increases exponentially. Here's what you should know.How Alcohol Affects Your MouthWhen you drink alcohol, it dehydrates your mouth. This can contribute to "dry mouth," which is an oral condition that causes issues such as tooth decay and periodontal (gum) ...