Thanks, Dr. Bicuspid. We really didn’t want to cut out early for a summer Friday happy hour.

In a report yesterday, Theresa Pablos, assistant editor, broke the news:

The more alcohol people drink, the worse their periodontal condition may be, according to a new study in the Journal of Periodontology. The findings show that men and women who consume at least four alcoholic drinks per week have worse periodontal status than those who drink less than that amount monthly, or who do not drink alcohol at all.

If  a gin martini leads to a gap-toothed grin, this Molar Muse will commit to no cocktails.

Find out how Brazilian researchers gathered their results and why Joan Otomo-Corgel, DDS, MPH, president of the American Academy of Periodontology, says patients diagnosed with periodontal disease should come clean with their dentists: