Since the health of people is very paramount to medical researchers, they are always issuing warnings against the wrong path of life, with bad breath being one of the side effects of these parts. On Monday, researchers reported that frequent intake of alcohol caused imbalance between pathogenic microorganisms and non-pathogenic in the mouth.
If this happens, it increases the risk of gum disease as well as cancer and heart disease.
In their research, they explained why people who drink more are prone to die younger than those who drink less, and the chief reason alcohol could cause cancer and another debilitating health condition or disease- heart disease.
Concerning their findings, Jiyoung Ahn, an associate professor and epidemiologist at NYU Langone Health’s Perlmutter Cancer Center, New York, said:
“Our study offers clear evidence that drinking is bad for maintaining a healthy balance of microbes in the mouth and could help explain why drinking, like smoking, leads to bacterial changes already tied to cancer and chronic disease.”
Drinking alcohol destroys the good bacteria (non-pathogenic microorganisms) and paves a way for harmful microbes to be present, thus increasing the risk of gum disease.
According to the team,
“such changes potentially contribute to alcohol-related diseases including periodontal disease, head and neck cancers, and digestive tract cancers.”
Even though those who drink moderately appear to be healthier than those who do not drink at all, researchers have also discovered that even moderate drinking could cause damage on the health of the individual involved.
Those who engage in hedonism and have taken alcohol as a pleasure are said to lose teeth and develop gum disease.
However, to be sure of all of these, the team of researchers are carrying out a study to know if all of these several cases of damage are adduced to the effect of alcohol on the microbiome in the mouth of a person.
As defined by Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, microbiomes are a community or collection of microorganisms, including yeast, bacteria, protozoa, and viruses living in or on the body of an individual. They help the body to digest food, protect it from diseases as well causing diseases.
Fortunately, drinking plenty of water and keeping alcoholic beverage consumption to a minimum would help.