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Can a dentist tell you are a heavy drinker by examining your teeth?
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Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Usually
Heavy drinking (or smoking/drugs/medication/even poor diet) can be seen by the dentist/hygienist.

In brief: Usually
Heavy drinking (or smoking/drugs/medication/even poor diet) can be seen by the dentist/hygienist.
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dr. Anna Guarna
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
In brief: Yes
Drying effect of alcohol damages teeth and gums.
Heavy drinkers need more dental support, not less, especially as they tend to loose sight of their health care needs. The best thing you could do would be to get help for your alcoholism.

In brief: Yes
Drying effect of alcohol damages teeth and gums.
Heavy drinkers need more dental support, not less, especially as they tend to loose sight of their health care needs. The best thing you could do would be to get help for your alcoholism.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry
In brief: Sometimes
Heavy drinking dries out the mouth, causes decreased salivary flow which increases your decay rate and impedes the healing properties of the gingival tissues essentially leading to an increase in recession, root decay, and other issues.
Ofter heavy drinkers don't take care of their teeth and gums which accelerates the problem as well.

In brief: Sometimes
Heavy drinking dries out the mouth, causes decreased salivary flow which increases your decay rate and impedes the healing properties of the gingival tissues essentially leading to an increase in recession, root decay, and other issues.
Ofter heavy drinkers don't take care of their teeth and gums which accelerates the problem as well.
Dr. Jake Richards
Dr. Jake Richards
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