Dental Health Care, The Danger of Smoking
Do you have gum disease? 4 Things you should look out for!
- Red Gums, not the healthy pink colour they should be
- Puffy and swollen gums
- Bleeding gums, while brushing and flossing and during eating
- In serious cases gums may bled on their own
If you have any of the symptoms above you should visit your dentist for a check up immediately. Gum disease can be treated and early treatment can prevent long term problems. Treatment will involve seeing your hygienist for a scale and polish (cleaning) they may also recommend that you have a deep clean of the roots and any pockets around the gum.
6 steps to healthy Teeth and Gums
- Stop smoking, smoking restricts oxygen and blood flow to the gums, which can cause all kinds of problems.
- Brush for two minutes every day twice a day
- Use a mouthwash twice a day, not necessarily at the same time as you brush your teeth, this can be done at a different time of the day (Non-Alcohol Mouthwash)
- Use a soft bristle tooth brush for cleaning, and remember to change it every three months. You will also need to change your tooth brush if you have had a cold or flu virus.
- Floss, flossing makes up 40% of the work when cleaning your teeth, you should remember to do this to help keep your teeth and gums healthy
- Visit your dentist for regular check up’s and regular hygiene appointments with a qualified hygienist
We have all seen the warning on the back of the cigarette packages and TV advertisements especially the horrific photographs describing the diseases that can happen to your health if you Smoke. (Lung Cancer, Bronchial and Respiratory problems)
However what most people do not realise is that Smoking can be detrimental to the health of your mouth and the most common condition is periodontal disease which is commonly known as gum disease. Yellow teeth are an effect of long term smoking but the most notorious effect of long term Smoking is that it can also lead to oral mouth cancer. Statistics show that 90% of patients with mouth and throat cancer are Smokers.
when you brush or floss your teeth and you have persistent bad breath which means you could have a gum infection. In Smokers the infection can worsen and can lead to loss of jawbone which supports your teeth and this is followed by deep spaces which form around the teeth, this is known as periodontal pockets. Ultimately leading to your teeth becoming loose and painful, they may even fall out as Smokers are twice as likely to lose teeth as non-smokers.
In dentistry it is well known that Smokers have much less gum bleeding and redness than other people even those who do not have healthy mouths. This can lead to a false impression that the patient’s gums are healthy therefore it is very important that the patients who smoke have regular dental and hygienist examinations.
If you are diagnosed with periodontal disease or if you have failing or missing teeth please do not worry all is not lost as help is at hand and there are various treatment on offer. It all begins with the first step of visiting your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist will encourage you in the first instance on the Cessation of Smoking as any treatment carried out is more likely to fail if you continue to smoke as it will hinder the healing process.
Here are a few of the treatments for periodontal disease. The main goal of treatment is to control the infection. The number and types of treatment will vary, depending on the extent of the gum disease. Any type of treatment requires that the patient keep up good daily care at home. The dentist will encourage you to change certain behaviours, the most important is quitting smoking, as a way to improve treatment outcome. Deep Cleaning. Your dentist, periodontist, or dental hygienist removes the plaque through a deep-cleaning method called scaling and root planning. Scaling means scraping off the tartar from above and below the gum line. Root planning gets rid of rough spots on the tooth root where the germs gather, and helps remove bacteria that contribute to the disease. And this is what we should be doing to ensure healthy teeth and gums. Brush your teeth twice a day (with fluoride toothpaste), floss regularly to remove plaque from between teeth. Or use a device such as a special brush or wooden or plastic pick recommended by a dental professional. Regular dental and hygienist examinations along with Quitting Smoking are essential steps in fighting gum disease.
Dental Implants are a great way to replace failing, missing teeth or a gap. However Smokers need to be aware that there are increased risks of the implant failing if they continue to smoke. Here at the Marylebone Implant Centre we encourage our patients to give up smoking before commencing their treatment so you can have a successful outcome with your treatment and ultimately your health. If you require any further information or assistance on gum disease, implants or with quitting smoking please do not hesitate to contact us on 02034342934 or at [email protected] or www.maryleboneimplantcentre.co.uk
As it is the month of October we are encouraging and urging all our patients to join the Stoptober Campaign.
Have you signed up for your STOPTOBER Campaign for 28 days….
The Campaign is run by Public Health England to encourage people to give up smoking for 28 days in October, as they have found that you are five times more likely to quit for good.
If you are a non smoker it can be Eat Healthy for 28 Days , Give up ALCOHOL for 28 Days or any other bad habits you may wish to try and stop.
Not only will this make a great difference to your Health and Finances it will also make a great difference to the Health of your Mouth.
This is something you could challenge yourself to or with a group of friends and family.
For further details please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] or you can contact www.nhs.uk/smokefree/stoptober