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Want Healthy Teeth? Avoid Tobacco!

Recognizing the Great American Smokeout, November 18, 2010

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Do you have a great smile? Do you have healthy teeth? If you use tobacco products in any form, you may be at risk of damaging your oral health.

Approximately 36,000 Americans are diagnosed each year with oral cancer; just over 50 percent of these individuals will be alive in five years. Tobacco use kills more Americans each year than deaths from AIDS, alcohol, homicides, suicides, car accidents, fires and use of illegal drugs combined. View full article »

Another Reason to Kick the Habit

Impact of tobacco products on your oral health

Bad breath: when you smell it, you want to quickly hand the offender a piece of chewing gum or a mint.

While bad breath often results from the foods we consume, it can also come from periodontal disease. Periodontal or gum disease is caused by bacteria in your mouth that progressively attack the gums and hidden roots of your teeth.

A significant contributor to periodontal disease may be tobacco products, according to a recent study from the American Academy of Periodontalogy. While treatments are available for individuals with periodontal disease, unfortunately, they are less successful for those who use tobacco.

Tobacco comes in all forms of products from cigarettes and cigars to pipes, snuff, or chews.  While most Americans recognize that tobacco usage is addictive, and generally unhealthy, they may not consider the potential dangers to their oral health or the risk of oral cancer.

Crusty Plaque on Your Teeth
Individuals who smoke have a higher incidence of developing calculus on their teeth – a tough plaque that can only be removed during professional cleaning by dental professionals.  The calculus tends to develop in deep pockets between teeth and gums and can result in the loss of bone and the tissue that supports the teeth. View full article »

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