August 09, 2013
Kalamazoo Family Dentist Helps Patients Quit Smoking
Smoking has Serious Consequences to Your Oral Health; Quit with Help from Your Kalamazoo Family Dentist
If you smoke, you increase your risk of lung cancer, and emphysema, but smoking can also cause periodontal disease, which can lead to the loss of your teeth. So if you quit now, you can increase your oral health as well as your overall health.
Studies have found that tobacco use may be one of the biggest risk factors in the development of periodontal disease. Now, with knowing these risks, don’t you think that you should quit smoking or not even start the habit? It is best to never start smoking, but if you have already begun, quit as soon as possible to prevent any further damage to your teeth or gums.
Here at Busch Gentle Dentistry, your Kalamazoo family dentist can give you helpful tips for quitting smoking.
Just thinking about quitting may make you anxious. But your chances will be better if you get ready first. Quitting works best when you are prepared. Before you quit, START by taking these five important steps:
· S= SET a quit date.
· T= Tell family, friends, and co-workers that you plan to quit.
· A= Anticipate and plan for the challenges you'll face while quitting.
· R= Remove cigarettes and other tobacco products from your home, car, and work.
· T= Talk to your doctor about getting help to quit.
If you are a smoker, your dental care needs are considerably more demanding than those of a non-smoker. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of tooth loss and also increases your risk for periodontal disease, loss of bone structure, inflammation of the salivary gland, leukoplakia and development of lung, throat or oral cancer.
Regular visits to your Kalamazoo dentist will allow your dentist to monitor the progress of your teeth and recommend any treatments to protect your teeth. As a smoker your teeth are highly susceptible to various oral health problems and diseases. Only your Kalamazoo, MI dentist can help you prevent periodontal disease and other diseases, but it is very important to quit smoking as well—your oral health and overall health will depend on it.