New Years Resolution: Quit Smoking
As we welcome the New Year, it’s a time for setting goals that enhance our well-being. A crucial yet often overlooked resolution is quitting smoking, a habit with profound impacts on both general and oral health. According to a detailed article by Colgate, smoking not only affects lung health but also significantly jeopardizes oral hygiene, increasing risks of oral cancer, gum disease, and other dental issues. At Ashraf Dentistry, we align with these findings and emphasize the need for comprehensive oral care, particularly for those embarking on the journey to quit smoking. (Source: Colgate, What You Need to Know About Smoking and Oral Health, https://www.colgate.com/en-ca/oral-health/threats-to-dental-health/what-you-need-to-know-about-smoking-and-oral-health-0814 ).
Section 1: Reality Check
The Colgate article highlights the dire consequences of smoking on overall health, particularly oral health. Smoking is a leading preventable cause of death and disease. Smoking, often discussed in the context of lung health, has severe implications for oral health. Ashraf Dentistry comments, “Understanding the real impact of smoking is crucial. Regular dental check-ups, combined with cleanings and fillings, can mitigate some damage, but quitting is the ultimate solution. At Ashraf Dentistry, we witness firsthand the oral devastation caused by smoking. “It’s not just about yellowed teeth,” says a senior dentist at Ashraf Dentistry. “Smokers are at a higher risk for a range of oral health issues, from simple bad breath to complex diseases. Regular dental check-ups are more than just advisable; they’re necessary for smokers.”
Section 2: Oral Cancer
Oral cancer is a silent killer, often going unnoticed until it’s too late. Colgate’s article points out the strong link between smoking and oral cancer. “Early detection is key in combating oral cancer,” stresses Ashraf Dentistry. “We employ advanced screening methods to identify potential signs of oral cancer. Our message to smokers is clear: regular screenings can save lives. We advocate for preventive care and urge our patients to consider the broader impact of smoking.”
Section 3: Periodontal (Gum) Disease
The article discusses how smoking doubles the risk of gum disease. “At Ashraf Dentistry, we emphasize gum disease treatment. Smoking hampers healing, making recovery from dental procedures more challenging,” the clinic advises. The toxins in cigarette smoke contribute to gum inflammation and slower healing processes. “At Ashraf Dentistry, we see an increased severity of gum disease in smokers.” “Our treatment plans for smokers are tailored to combat these heightened risks. However, the most effective treatment is quitting smoking. We offer guidance and support to our patients looking to make this life-altering change.”
Section 4: Bad Breath and Stained Teeth
Smoking causes bad breath and stains teeth, affecting one’s confidence and smile. “Cosmetic dentistry can help mitigate these issues,” explains Ashraf Dentistry. “We offer a range of treatments, from professional cleanings to teeth whitening, to help smokers. However, these are temporary solutions. The real change comes from quitting smoking. Our team supports patients not just in achieving a brighter smile but in making lifestyle changes for lasting oral health.”
Section 5: Keeping Up with Home Care
Maintaining oral hygiene is more problematic for smokers. “We encourage smokers to seek help for quitting. Cleanings and fillings are more effective when combined with good home care practices,” says Ashraf Dentistry. Simple steps like brushing twice daily, flossing, and using an antiseptic mouthwash can significantly reduce the risk of dental issues.
As we step into the New Year, let’s embrace healthier habits. Quitting smoking is a powerful resolution that profoundly affects overall and oral health. “Our message at Ashraf Dentistry is clear,” concludes the team. “Commit to your oral health this year. Let’s focus on quitting negative habits. Our commitment to gum disease treatment, cleanings and fillings, and cosmetic dentistry is to support your journey towards better oral health.”