While I think we all know that St. Patrick is not the patron saint of our gums, this is the time when we can all celebrate being Irish and have a drink to celebrate the work of St. Patrick. Most of us celebrate with green attire and green beer, some more than others, and whether we know it or not alcohol can affect our teeth and especially our gums. Alcohol consumption raises our body’s inflammatory response which, in the presence of bacteria around our teeth, can increase destruction of our gums and the bone around our teeth. In a study by Shepherd (2011 Evidence Based Dentistry), evidence was found suggesting that alcohol consumption is a risk indicator for Periodontitis. So, after you celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day make sure to make an appointment with your local Kansas City Periodontist to evaluate the health of your teeth and gums!