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Old 11-03-2015, 09:06 AM
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I drank beer when mine was done and never had a problem.
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Old 11-03-2015, 09:24 AM
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Ok, I will. Did I say something wrong? I don't see how my question was out of line or any different from other questions posted to the forum. Not that anyone said it was, but the above response is pretty rude.
You didn't do anything wrong. Some people on this forum are just rude douchenozzles.
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Old 02-01-2016, 06:15 AM
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I had a gum graft procedure a bit over two weeks ago. My post-op instructions include avoiding straws, carbonated beverages, and alcohol until told otherwise. I had my 2-week checkup the other day and the dentist said everything is healing amazingly well. They told me to keep eating the way I have been (carefully and on the opposite side of my mouth) but did not mention anything about whether it is ok now to start using a straw or drink soda and alcohol. And my fault, I forgot to ask. Does anyone here know how long after the surgery one can start drinking alcohol again? (Or using straws, for that matter?) I don't know if the restriction is just meant for the first few days after surgery and the dentist just forgot to mention it when I was last in, or if it truly is harmful even weeks into healing. I tend to be overly cautious with these things because it isn't worth the trouble it would cause if I messed up the healing process over somerhing stupid. I'm not a heavy drinker by any means, but I'm going to a wedding soon, and it would be nice to know whether it's ok to have a glass of wine or two. If I shouldn't, I won't, but I'd be dissapointed to find out after the fact that it would have been just fine.
In chemistry alcohol is used as a drying agent and thus it dries the mouth. It reduces saliva and creates an acidic environment in the mouth which works at softening the enamel. Sugar is what works at the basis for most alcohol and especially sweet liqueurs, affect the teeth in a negative way. It is important to brush your teeth after consumption of alcohol but one has to wait at least twenty minutes to do this as brushing immediately after drinking can have even worse effects.
As mentioned earlier, the enamel gets softened when alcohol is consumed and it takes the saliva in your mouth approximately twenty minutes to re-mineralize the softened enamel. Of course in heavy drinkers, even brushing will not protect the teeth and dentists can often evaluate a person’s level of alcoholism by examining the state of their teeth and gums. Those who consume a lot of alcohol have a greater number of cavities, deteriorating gums and even tooth loss. Luckily for those who realise early that they have a problem, can reverse or moderate the ill effects in their mouth with good dental treatment.
Source: Dentzz | Effects of Alcohol on Teeth
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Old 02-01-2016, 07:15 AM
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Alcohol "thins the blood" (not a medical term, it's a layman's term more easily understood than the actual chemistry). When you are recovering from ANY kind of surgery, you want to avoid alcohol to prevent bleeding/bruising. With dental surgery, you might even be told to stop using alcohol-based mouthwash for awhile, and stick with salt-water and/or non-alcohol rinse (and don't sluice it through the teeth with any kind of force so as not to pop open the stitches).

By now OP, you're all healed up and good to go, so this isn't an issue for you anymore. But just so you know for next time, there you are.
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