One of the largest alcohol consumption days of the year is quickly approaching as everyone will get in touch with their inner Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. A handful of green foods will be served to mark the day, and if you’re drinking, this might include green beer, which is beer served with green food coloring in it. Dr. Cash is here to remind you of some of the risks to your teeth if you decide to down a few green beers on St. Patrick’s Day.
Beer Damage On Your Teeth
Drinking beer, like drinking soda, can discolor your teeth over time. In fact, the darker the beer, the more likely it will stain your teeth. Discoloration of the teeth appears as yellow or even brown.
Your tooth enamel is in danger of being damaged if beer is in your diet regularly. Beer is acidic and will cause tooth enamel to erode when it comes in contact with your teeth, eating away at the protective coating. If you harm your enamel, your teeth become more sensitive, become darker, and your gums may recede.
Is Green Beer Harmful?
Green Beer is made by adding green food coloring to beer. If your beer is colored green for St. Patrick’s Day, your teeth will take on a green tint pretty quickly. The effects of food coloring is not permanent but should be treated with stronger than regular toothpaste, such as whitening toothpaste.
St. Patrick’s Day is also a holiday where dentists see a spike in dental emergencies, mostly due to alcohol related accidents. If you’re taking part in St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, keep your healthy smile in mind as you gulp down your favorite beer. While Dr. Cash can’t stop you from drinking, he does want to remind you to keep your healthy smile a priority.