Why Is Smoking So Detrimental To The Health Of Your Teeth?

Jul 25th, 2015
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

It’s common knowledge that smoking can lead to serious health problems such as lung and throat cancer, but did you know that tobacco use can also have a huge impact on your oral health? Using tobacco of any kind, whether it be chewing, cigarettes, or smoking from a pipe, can create nearly irreversible effects on your oral health.

Some common problems associated with smoking and your oral health include bone loss, gum disease, plaque and tartar buildup, halitosis, and the notorious discoloration, “yellowing” of the teeth. These issues may result in the need for dental insurance, or asking about company plans. These are just some of the many effects smoking has on your teeth.

Gum Disease
Smoking effects the gums by inhibiting the regular functions of the gum tissues, as well as affects the bone attachment and soft tissues in the mouth. Over time the blood flow responsible for healing will become impaired and the mouth will become more amenable to infections. All of these issues combined makes smokers more susceptible to periodontal disease, or “gum disease.”

Oral Cancer
It is estimated that 35,000 patients will be diagnosed with some form of oral cancer in the United States. The odds of developing cancer is stacked against tobacco users, with an estimated 90% of oral cancer patients having been regular tobacco users (whether from pipes, cigarettes, cigars, or other smoking apparatuses.) In fact, statistics from the American Cancer Society show that smokers are 6 times more likely to develop cancer of the tongue, mouth, lips, or throat, than that of a non-smoker.

Issues with Dental Procedures
Not only does smoking make your teeth look bad, it also effects your recovery from dental procedures. This happens because of the weakened healing capabilities, causing an extended recovery time post-surgery. Persistent smoking can also lead to repeated tooth decay and complete loss of teeth.

Smokeless Tobacco
Those hoping to curb these oral health issues by using smokeless tobacco should know that they are still at risk. Smokeless tobacco products contain many chemicals that affect the esophagus, mouth, and throat, and may cause receding of the gums.

Protect your mouth against disease and unwanted issues by maintaining good oral health, brushing and flossing daily, having regular dental checkups, and conquering the habit of tobacco use.

What Is A Filling And What Are Some Types Of Fillings?

Jul 21st, 2015
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

Oral issues arise, and as hard as you try to take good care of your teeth, sometimes your dentist will have to step in and take the reins. If you are suffering from a painful cavity your dentist will likely want to do a filling, meaning that he will use a material to fill and restore any of your teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay.

Be sure to keep an open dialogue with your dentist about the type of filling you want, and which tooth requires the most immediate attention, should you only be able to do one at a time. Your dentist will be happy to assist you with any dental insurance issues you may run into.

During The Visit:
During your appointment your dentist will assess the damage to your tooth and decide how best to proceed. The procedure should take relatively little time, though it will require a freezing anesthetic. After the anesthetic is applied, your dentist will then begin removing unwanted decay from your tooth with a small drill. Once the hole has been made and all traces of cavity have been removed your dentist will begin filling and sealing the hole with a dental filling.

What Is A Filling:
Fillings are a highly moldable material, making it easier for dentist’s to expertly restore decayed teeth. There are several different types of filling materials; it will be up to your dentist to decide which will be right for your mouth. Some filling options include:

• Amalgam, or “silver” fillings were traditionally used to fill cavities and remained a standby for years. However, this dark color was lackluster in visual appearance, making it all too easy to spot a filled cavity within the mouth.

• Ceramic/Porcelain fillings, sometimes called inlays, are a great choice for those looking to mask the appearance of a tooth filling. These pearly white on lays a bonded to the teeth to create a seamless visual transition from one tooth to the next.

• Composite resins are a great option for those looking to color match their fillings. These fillings are designed to match your teeth, however may not be as longwearing as other filling materials, and are prone to stain.

• Glass or acrylic fillings are designed to release fluoride periodically and should only be used in low- traffic areas of the mouth, such as the front teeth. These options are commonly used to replace chipped or broken teeth in the smile.

• Gold fillings are a great option for those looking for a long-term filling. Gold fillings may last up to 15 years. While many people enjoy the long-wear and fun look of gold fillings, they can run more expensive than other filling materials.

Keep decay causing cavities at bay by maintaining a regular oral health regiment, brushing twice daily and flossing regularly. To schedule a dental appointment for a filling or checkup, or to figure out if you qualify for company plans dental insurance, contact The Dental Center at Easton Town Center at (614) 414-0111.