The newest craze is called "Dry January" - when you take a break from alcohol after over-indulging over the holidays. What you may not realize is the toll alcohol takes on your teeth.

However, staying away from it can help your mouth recover.

So maybe you tipped back one too many last month. The good news, if you stop drinking for a month, you will likely have more energy, better sleep and even lose some weight.

We know the damage drinking can do to the liver. But what about your teeth? This goes far beyond the staining red wine can do to your pearly whites.

“It does affect the gingavita it effects the teeth, the color of the teeth the bacterial flow in the mouth it does effect a lot of stuff that's important, said Dr. Chris Theodorou  of Dental and Laser Aesthetics.

 A recent study found the bacterial imbalance drinking causes is linked to periodontitis, gastrointestinal cancers and cardiovascular disease. Researchers are now investigating if beer, wine or liquor have different specific impacts.

So, the good news, Stop drinking and you might be able to reverse at least the damage in your mouth.

"You can really see a lot of the effects on the gum tissue so if we stop it you'll get a rebound and some healthier tissue coming back,” said Dr. Theodorou  of dental and laser aesthetics.

The newest craze is called "Dry January" - when you take a break from alcohol after over-indulging over the holidays. What you may not realize is the toll alcohol takes on your teeth.

However, staying away from it can help your mouth recover.

So maybe you tipped back one too many last month. The good news, if you stop drinking for a month, you will likely have more energy, better sleep and even lose some weight.

We know the damage drinking can do to the liver. But what about your teeth? This goes far beyond the staining red wine can do to your pearly whites.

“it does affect the gingavita it effects the teeth, the color of the teeth the bacterial flow in the mouth it does effect a lot of stuff that's important, said Dr. Chris Theodorou  of dental and laser aesthetics.

 A recent study found the bacterial imbalance drinking causes is linked to periodontitis, gastrointestinal cancers and cardiovascular disease. Researchers are now investigating if beer, wine or liquor have different specific impacts.

So the good news, Stop drinking and you might be able to reverse at least the damage in your mouth.

You can really see a lot of the effects on the gum tissue so if we stop it you'll get a rebound and some healthier tissue coming back,” said Dr. Theodorou.