Alcohol and Your Health…

There’s so much conflicting information regarding drinking alcohol blasting at us these days. A glass of red wine is good? Is even drinking at all a good idea?

It’s a matter of proportion.

The facts are these. First, alcohol affects women more than men. Because men tend to be heavier in muscle mass, their bodies can process slightly more alcohol with fewer negative consequences than women’s. But there’s something else: the amount of an enzyme known as gastric alcohol dehydrogenase that’s produced.

Women naturally produce less of this than men and, thus, are less likely to break down alcohol. Because of this difference, it’s important that women take extra caution with alcohol consumption.

It’s a fact that women who drink one alcoholic beverage a day have a lower risk of developing heart disease than those who don’t drink at all. Also, it’s been found that those with coronary artery disease who have a daily drink have been found to have less blood vessel stiffness, which may increase blood supply to the heart.

But it’s an American tendency to believe that, if one of something is good for you, then five must be better. It doesn’t work that way with alcoholic beverages, and it’s important to recognize that.

Dentally speaking, there are also positives and negatives. On one hand, a mixer-free shot of vodka is probably less hazardous than caramel candies, which coat the teeth with a sticky goo that practically begs for cavities. On the other hand, every kind of alcohol—most notoriously drinks with sugary mixes—are chock-full of their own types of sugar.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Tips for Taking Care of Your Invisalign Trays

Changing orthodontic treatment from a mouth full of metal to an invisible, removable tray, Invisalign represents a dramatic new way to treat crooked smiles. Though easy to use, Invisalign trays require some special care for best results.

Non-Cosmetic Reasons to Consider Veneers

Beautiful porcelain veneers can make your smile look like a million bucks. But good looks are just one of their benefits. Their durability and versatility can make them a good option for preventing more serious oral health problems, too.

What's a Smile Makeover?

Having a beautiful, healthy-looking smile is about more than aesthetics; it can help you look and feel more confident in every area of your life. Read on to learn more about getting a smile makeover!