“Is there one tip that applies to every dental patient – no matter what (besides brushing, flossing, and not substituting soda for water)?”
The answer to this question is pretty straightforward for our Garden Grove dentists – don’t use tobacco products.
While many people are well aware that smoking is bad for their teeth – they might not be aware that all tobacco products are bad for their teeth. On top of this, they might also not realize that smoking and tobacco products (like chewing tobacco) don’t just stain your teeth, but can cause gum disease, tooth loss, and even mouth cancer – not to mention lung cancer.
Outside of staining, one of the most common side effects from tobacco use tends to be gum disease. This is because smokers are much more likely to develop bacterial plaque on their teeth. This happens because smoking reduces the amount of oxygen that makes it into your bloodstream. Because of this, infected gums don’t heal. This can quickly lead to accelerated gum disease. Unfortunately, once gum disease has taken hold – without intervention, tooth loss is well on its way. Gum disease is actually the leading cause of tooth loss today – and smoking definitely doesnt’ help prevent it. With that said, if you’re a smoker, quit. If you’re not ready, make sure you never skip a dental cleaning.
“What if I’m not ready to quit smoking? Are there special toothpaste to use?”
While our dentists always recommend quitting. There are some special toothepastes that are designed for smokers. While this is true, you will want to consult with your dentist before switching to a smoker’s toothpaste. This is because these toothpastes generally contain more abrasive material – and care should be used when using them. In most cases, your dentist will recommend that you alternate days between “regular” (or whitening) toothpaste and a toothpaste made specifically for smokers.
“Are there any other precautions I should take?”
Mouthwash is always a smart idea, because smokers will often have a greater chance at bad breath than a nonsmoker. On top of this, your dentist might suggest extra treatment or cleaning to make sure your mouth is as healthy as possible.
Are you a smoker who lives in Southern California? If you don’t plan on quitting – at least take care of your teeth. If you have to keep your habit, you might as well keep your teeth too. Take advantage of new patient specials and keep your clean and healthy with the help of our dental team in Garden Grove.