How to kick the habit of smoking

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Millions of people quit the addictive habit of tobacco use every year. The benefits of quitting include reducing the chances of cancer, lung and heart disease.

Tobacco use increases your risk for periodontal treatment complications and/or failure. It also reduces the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to gingival tissues and will impair the body’s defense mechanisms making you more susceptible to infections like periodontal disease. To begin a tobacco-cessation program, ask your Periodontist or medical practitioner for help.

  • Keeping oral substitutes hand such as carrots, apples and sugarless gum.
  • Brushing your teeth.
  • Taking deep relaxing breaths.
  • Spending time in places where smoking is prohibited.
  • Talking to a friend for support.
  • Changing your daily routine and staying busy.
  • Going for a
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Tobacco and Oral Health

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Whether you smoke cigarettes, cigars, pipe, or dip or chew tobacco, you are more likely to have periodontal disease than those who do not use any form of tobacco at all.

Smoking may be responsible for more than half of the cases of periodontal disease among adults in the United States, according to a study published in the Journal of Periodontology (JOP). The study found that current smokers are about four times more likely than people who have never smoked to have advanced periodontal disease.

Many chemicals found in tobacco, such as nicotine and tar may have harmful effects on the periodontal tissues. One study even found that current smokers had more plaque and periodontal destruction than former or never … Continue Reading