SMOKING AND YOUR ORAL HEALTH – By Dr.Manasa

Why smoking is harmfull to your teeth ?

Smoking leads to dental problems, including:

  • Bad breathe

  • Tooth discolouration

  • Inflammation of the salivary gland openings on the roof of the mouth
  • Increased build up of plague and tartar on the teeth.
  • Increased loss of bone within the jaw
  • Increased risk of leukoplakia, white patches inside the mouth.
  • Increased risk of developing gum disease, a leading cause of tooth loss
  • Delayed healing process following tooth extraction , periodontal treatment, or oral surgery
  • Lower success rate of dental implant procedures
  • Increased risk of developing oral cancer.

 

It Doesn’t End There !!

Not only are smokers bound to have dental problems, but the more you smoke, the worse they will get.
Unfortunately, smokers also tend to be more careless with their oral health. But even if you are practicing excellent
oral hygiene, you won’t greatly improve your chances of preventing some of the oral problems associated with smoking. Tobacco products often contain gritty materials that work like sandpaper against your teeth, and once tooth enamel is damaged, it doesn’t grow back. You should also consider that if cancer-causing agents enter your system, they can’t be brushed away!

 

You Can Do It!

The nicotine in cigarettes is highly addictive, and keeps smokers reaching for their packs. But as hard as it is, you can — and should — quit smoking. Abandoning the habit will significantly decrease the risk of many health problems. Nicotine gum and patches, herbal remedies, therapy and support groups are all available to help you stop smoking.

 

The effects of smoking make it extremely difficult to live a healthy lifestyle. So if you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you are a smoker and looking to quit, start by seeing a dentist to evaluate your dental health and get an oral cancer exam . Your dentist can help you decide on a plan to quit smoking, and will provide any necessary dental therapy to repair the damage that’s been done. If you care about your health, you’ll take the steps to improve it — and prolong your life in the process!

Is flossing necessary? – By Dr. Nivedita

How to floss?

Proper flossing removes plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach — under the gum – line and between your teeth as plaque build-up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, daily flossing is highly recommended.

To receive maximum benefits from flossing, use the following proper technique:

  • Starting with about 18 inches of floss, wind most of the floss around each middle finger, leaving an inch or two of floss to work with

  • Holding the floss tautly between your thumbs and index fingers, slide it gently up-and-down between your teeth

  • Gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth making sure you go beneath the gumline. Never snap or force the floss, as this may cut or bruise delicate gum tissue

  • Use clean sections of floss as you move from tooth to tooth

  • To remove the floss, use the same back-and-forth motion to bring the floss up and away from the teeth.

 

 

Use about 18″ of floss, leaving an inch or two to work with.

 

 

 

 

Gently follow the curves of your teeth.

 

Be sure to clean beneath the gum-line, but avoid snapping the floss on the gums.


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