18 September 2008

If you are a smoker, your dental care needs are considerably more demanding than those of a non-smoker. Cigarette smoking is a leading cause of :
  • SmokingTooth loss
  • Increases the risk for periodontal disease (gum disease)
  • Loss of bone structure
  • A consistent build up of plaque and tartar
  • Stained teeth
  • Bad breath
  • The loss of taste and smell
  • Inflammation of the salivary glandDental Plaque
  • Leukoplakia (precancerous condition)
  • Development of lung
  • Throat or oral cancer
Furthermore, smoking is associated with :
  • a slower healing process following dental work
  • lower rate of success for procedures such as dental implants
  • smokers may not be implant candidates at all
Oral Health Tips for Smokers
  • Tooth OperationSchedule an exam with your physician to identify the right smoking cessation program. Inquire about a counseling service, nicotine patch or gum, nasal inhalers and sprays or non-nicotine prescription medications.
  • Schedule a professional dental cleaning and oral health checkup.
  • Be certain to maintain a proper dental hygiene home program. Yeah,smokers trully need it. Treat yourself to a new a tongue cleaner, dental floss and mouthwash.
  • Initiate a stress reduction program such as an exercise regimen, Pilates or a yoga class.

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