Friday, 8 January 2016

Alcohol and Oral Health

Tough new guidelines issued on alcohol have cut recommended drinking limits and say there is no such thing as a safe level of drinking. This is because UK's chief medical officers say new research shows any amount of alcohol can increase the risk of cancer. The new advice says men and women who drink alcohol regularly should consume no more than 14 units a week (6 pints of beer or 7 glasses of wine). Some days should be alcohol free and binge drinking should be avoided. Pregnant women should not drink alcohol at all.

Alcohol is linked to mouth cancer. Any red or white patches, or ulcers in the mouth that do not clear  within 3 weeks should be considered suspicious and be investigated. At Bovey Dental Practice we look at the soft tissues of the mouth during your examination for any suspicious lesions and would refer to hospital if necessary.