Your Oral Health and How Tobacco Affects It

“Smoking is dangerous to your health!” That is what’s written outside a pack of cigarettes and that message also means it affects your oral health. You could maybe easily solve discolored teeth and use mouth rinse forever if only to mask tobacco-related foul-smelling breath but what about the following other serious health issues? You see, tobacco does not only stain your tongue and your teeth but it can lead to oral cancer and several gum diseases which may not only cost your pockets a lot of burden but cost you your life as well.

Tobacco can cause serious oral cancers.

Cancer of the throat, the lips, the tongue, the mouth, the throat are among the serious effects of tobacco and the longer you have been using it, the higher the chances of you getting the disease. According to the American Cancer Society, a majority of those who acquired oral cancer used tobacco. More than half of the cases end up in death.

Smoking can lead to worse kinds of gum and jaw diseases.

Many smokers suffer from redness, irritation, swelling and bleeding of gums. This could lead to a more serious periodontal disease that may eventually damage the jawbone and cause loss of teeth if left untreated.

Do all kinds of tobacco cause oral health problems?

Yes! And it doesn’t matter if it is smoked, chewed or simply inhaled; it is just a matter of time. Given enough exposure, the risks tobacco poses would manifest in the form of decay, cavities or worse, oral cancer. In that sense, there is no safer tobacco to use contrary to some belief that when chewed instead of smoked, or when used with a pipe, the risks are not as high.

What if you are having trouble quitting your tobacco habit?

Habits are hard to break especially if you don’t get help particularly in the case of tobacco use. It has an addictive effect and quitting may be difficult. You could try gradually cutting back if quitting cold turkey is not possible. While you are in the process, it would be of great help to regularly see your dentist so that in case a disease is developing or has already developed, it may be detected and appropriate treatment may be delivered. Don’t wait until it’s too late because some treatment may not be a pleasant experience.

Here are 3 ways to help you get on the road to good oral health:

1.     Maintain a religious oral hygiene and do it properly.

Most of the components of tobacco can cause several dental problems including cavities (some tobaccos contain sugar to make them taste better). Without proper dental hygiene, they could worsen faster. Brush and floss regularly and correctly. As unusual as it may sound but you may need to have your dentist show you the proper way to brush and floss just to ensure you prolong the health of your teeth and gums while trying to quit tobacco.

2.     Naturally, you will have to kick the habit.

If you want to reduce the chances of you acquiring any of the dreaded tobacco-related oral diseases, quit as early as you can. There are many ways to help you kick the habit. Ask your dentist to give you recommendations. Despite the threat of periodontal disease, 10 years after kicking the habit, you are as good as new.

3.     Regularly visit your dentist for a dental checkup.

Early detection is your best defense against the threats of tobacco-related oral diseases most especially cancer. This can only become possible when you frequent your dentist’s office for a checkup and early treatment can go a long way in saving your teeth, your gums and your overall health.

Are you in the habit of using tobacco? It’s about time you see your doctor and dentist about it.



Keep Your Family Healthy

Keep Your Family Healthy!

Families can work together to prevent gum disease and cavities. It is important for parents to teach their children good habits that will follow them into adulthood. In between dental visits, here are some tips so that everyone from the youngest member of the family to the oldest member can do their very best to maintain great oral health.

Eat Well Together

The American Dental Association asserts that a nutritional and balanced diet is paramount to maintaining good oral health. Ensure that you and your children are eating a diet rich in calcium and protein so that your teeth remain protected, and your enamel stays strong and keeps rebuilding. Dairy products and lean meats are a great way to ensure you’re getting enough protein and calcium.

Tooth decay is commonly caused by very sugary foods and drinks. You can eat these foods in moderation, but you should try not to eat them in excess. Start your kids out on a healthy diet young, so they don’t expect to get too many sweets! If you find yourself eating a lot of unhealthy foods, as well as feeding your children these foods, try to cut back on the sweets as a family to reduce tooth decay. You can eat healthier snacks like fresh fruit, and you can drink more water!


The Importance of Fluoride

Fluoride helps keep our teeth from decaying. It can also help to prevent cavities in children and adults. Tap water is generally fluoridated, which means it contains enough fluoride to help prevent your teeth from decaying.

Drinking tap water rather than bottled water will save you money, as well as ensure that you and your entire family are getting a healthy amount of fluoride. If you have a home filtration system, make sure you install one that does not remove your water’s fluoride content.

Proper Brushing Technique

It is very important that you know how to correctly brush your teeth, and that in turn you teach your children how to brush their teeth. Your toothbrush should be placed at a 45-degree angle when it’s at your gum line. You should start by brushing your gum line to remove bacteria there, and then make sure you get every surface of your teeth.

Ensure that your children are brushing their teeth at least twice a day. Make sure this lasts two minutes each time!  

If your children understand how to care for their teeth from a young age, this will help prevent cavities and keep their smiles bright and beautiful. Most importantly, these techniques and habits will also follow them into adulthood!

Call our office today to schedule your cleaning or exam. A healthy mouth is a happy mouth!
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How to Stop Grinding Your Teeth at Night

How to Stop Grinding Your Teeth at Night

How to Stop Grinding Your Teeth at Night

If you wake up with a sore jaw and teeth, you might be grinding your teeth at night. This is called bruxism. This habit might start at any age, and is usually done without you knowing in your sleep. However, it can also be done when you are awake. If you grind your teeth during the day, it is usually when you are concentrating on a task. If you grind at night, you place your teeth together and use the jaw to put pressure on your teeth. When you sleep, teeth grinding is usually just rhythmic and clenching contractions.