The relevance of alcohol to dental practice

Br Dent J. 2018 Jan;223(12):895-899. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2017.997. Epub 2017 Dec 1.


Alcohol is a very widely used drug which can cause dental disease and influence dental treatment. It is therefore important that dental professionals take an alcohol history from all patients and are aware of how to give alcohol reduction advice. This article discusses the impact of alcohol on oral health, including oral cancer, trauma, halitosis, tooth wear, periodontal disease and caries, with reference to the available literature. It also outlines current alcohol risk level advice and guidance regarding giving alcohol reduction advice in a dental setting.

MeSH terms

  • Alcohol Drinking / adverse effects*
  • Dental Caries
  • Halitosis
  • Humans
  • Oral Health*
  • Periodontal Diseases
  • Tooth Wear