You probably know many people who smoke are aware of some of the harmful effects. Smoking is widespread in society and has been part of human history for thousands of years. Although the history is abundant and embedded in many cultures, North America is at the point where it is finally on the decline.
Part of the effort to curtail smoking involves the effort of organized dentistry to help patients quit and educate the public about the effects of smoking. St. Lawrence Dentistry would like to be part of your program to quit smoking.
The oral effects of smoking include:
- Cancer of the mouth
- Tooth Abrasion/Attrition
- Calculus Buildup
- Tooth Loss
- Impaired Taste/smell
- Delayed Wound Healing
- Dry Socket
- Hairy/Coated Tongue
- Inreased risk of cleft palate in newborns
- Congitive disabilities in newborns
- Periodontal disease and recession
If you are have made a decision to quit smoking please consider discussing the reasons why you want to quit with your dentist. The dentist will discuss your previous attempts to quit and reassure you that quitting is a process. The dentist may refer you to a medical doctor to discuss appropriate pharmacotherapy (medications which can help you quit). The dentist may also be able to direct you to tobacco cessation programs for support. If you are not ready to quit St. Lawrence Dentistry will provide information about the benefits of quitting and reassure that we are willing to help any way we can when you are ready.
It is very rewarding after smoking stops for Dr. Hawryluk to restore the look of your teeth to the way they were before you started to smoke. This type of cosmetic rehabilitation can only start after smoking stops.
The benefits of quitting smoking are clear. If you live in the Mississauga area and would like to discuss how the effects of smoking relate to dentistry please call our officeclick here.