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Excess alcohol affects oral health


Clinical research discovered people are three times more likely to suffer from severe gum disease if they are dependent on alcohol compared to an occasional drinker. A study, presented in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, also discovered when combined with smoking, the chances of developing severe gum disease further increased. Chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr. Nigel Carter, sounded out the research as a further warning shot to those who enjoy alcohol in excess. "The growing body of evidence suggests what we once thought were safe alcohol consumption levels are in fact not so, particularly if it's compounded by smoking," Carter said. more

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