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Posts for: March, 2016
It is widely known that tobacco use damages your health in numerous ways. However, did you know tobacco also takes a toll on your dental health? Cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco and other tobacco products are well-documented in causing a myriad of gum and tooth-related issues. Find out more about the consequences of tobacco on your teeth with help from your Lakewood, CO dentist.
What does tobacco use do to my teeth?
Tobacco use has proven to weaken the immune system, causing complications with simple procedures like treatment for gum disease or tooth decay. Using tobacco puts you at risk to develop serious oral issues, especially those related to the gum tissue. Periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease, degrades the gum tissue to the point of loosening the teeth. Additionally, smoking yellows that teeth and causes staining.
Smokeless Tobacco: Not A Safe Alternative
Smokeless tobacco degrades the gum tissue, exposing the teeth’s roots. This increases the chance of tooth decay and causes sensitivity to hot and cold. Smokeless tobacco users are four times more likely to develop tooth decay than non-users and 50 times more likely to develop oral cancer than non-users. Furthermore, smokeless tobacco delivers a much higher amount of nicotine to the user, making it harder to quit than cigarettes.
Kicking the Habit
The best way to avoid the effects of tobacco use is to quit using it altogether. From nicotine gum or patches to calm the cravings to support groups, various resources are available to help you kick the habit. Your Lakewood dentist can help you find the best way to quit your smoking habit and reduce your risk for serious health issues.
Seeing your dentist every 6 months helps catch and treat oral issues early. It also keeps your teeth decay-free and healthy. For more information on quitting your tobacco habit for good, please contact Dr. Ronald L. Morse in Lakewood, CO. Call (303) 279-6929 to speak with an associate about scheduling your examination and cleaning today!
A bright smile can do wonders for one’s self esteem. Or to put it another way, whiter teeth mean a more confident you. The good news is that achieving that bright smile is easier than ever. In fact, teeth whitening is the most common cosmetic dental procedure done in America today.
People living in the Lakewood, CO area who are exploring teeth whitening options might consider contacting Dr. Ronald L. Morse, DDS, Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. A qualified dental professional such as Dr. Ronald Morse can help you determine the best option for you.
Teeth whitening refers to procedures intended to bleach or remove stains from teeth, but there are many different teeth whitening options. Generally, the two main ingredients used in teeth whitening products are hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. A number of products also exist, including whitening toothpaste, strips, gels and rinses. A variety of treatment options are available as well, from over the counter home options to professional procedures done at your Lakewood dentist's office.
Over the counter treatment options tend to show less successful results than those prescribed by the dentist. In-office treatments usually result in the most immediate and dramatic results.
Patients whose teeth have yellow discolorations tend to enjoy more successful results. Teeth stained brown may have less success, and teeth gray in color may not show any detectable change at all. People who have caps and fillings should consult a dentist, as that type of dental work will whiten.
While the process itself is simple, not everyone is a good candidate for teeth whitening. For example, teeth whitening is not recommended for people with advanced gum disease or whose teeth are discolored due to traumatic injury or because they have to use certain medications.
As with any dental procedure, teeth whitening should be discussed with a qualified, experienced dentist. If you are in the Lakewood, CO area and are interested in teeth whitening or seeking a qualified dentist, contact Dr. Ronald L. Morse, DDS, Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. For more information call (303)279-6929 or visit the website at www.ronaldmorsedds.com.