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Smoking is a well-known health hazard, linked to various serious illnesses such as lung cancer and heart disease. However, its detrimental effects are not limited to the lungs and heart; smoking also wreaks havoc on your oral health. In this blog post, we will explore how smoking impacts your mouth, teeth, and gums, and we’ll discuss effective strategies to quit this harmful habit.
The Impact of Smoking on Oral Health
Quitting Smoking: Strategies for Success
Quitting smoking is one of the best decisions you can make for your oral health and overall well-being. Here are some strategies to help you kick the habit:
Smoking poses a grave threat to your oral health, increasing the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer, and more. Quitting smoking is a challenging but essential step toward preserving your teeth and gums. If you’re a smoker, don’t wait to take action. Seek support and adopt strategies to quit smoking, and consult with your dentist to address any oral health issues that may have arisen due to smoking. Your smile and overall health will thank you for it.
Are medical devices surgically implanted into the jaw to restore a person’s ability to chew or their appearance. They provide support for artificial (fake) teeth, such as crowns, bridges, or dentures.
When a tooth is lost due to injury or disease, a person can experience complications such as rapid bone loss, defective speech, or changes to chewing patterns that result in discomfort.
Replacing a lost tooth with a dental implant can significantly improve the patient’s quality of life and health.
The dental implant body is surgically inserted in the jawbone in place of the tooth’s.
Before choosing dental implants, talk to your dental provider about the potential benefits and risks, and whether you are a candidate for the procedure.
After the dental implant procedure:
If your implant feels loose or painful, tell your dental provider right away.
According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, around 3 million people in the United States have dental implants, and this number increases by about 500,000 every year. Dental implant surgery is safe when a qualified and experienced surgeon or dentist performs it. It is also the only dental restoration option that maintains the health of the person’s jawbone and stimulates its growth.
An implant-supported denture is an oral appliance that replaces several teeth at once.
It’s similar to a traditional denture. But instead of resting on top of your gums, an implant-supported denture attaches directly to your jawbone using dental implants.
This type of denture “snaps on” to dental implants in your jawbone. It stays securely in place until you’re ready to remove it. With this option, you can take your dentures out every day for easy cleaning.
A fixed denture — sometimes called a hybrid denture — attaches permanently to dental implants in your jawbone. You can’t remove it at home, but your dentist can remove it for maintenance when necessary.
Dental sealants are thin, protective coatings that shield the chewing surfaces of your back teeth from harmful, cavity-causing bacteria.
Dentists place sealants to protect your teeth from disease-causing bacteria. Your back teeth have deep grooves that help you grind up food when you chew. Food and bacteria can become trapped in these grooves, leading to tooth decay (cavities) over time. Sealants coat these areas so bacteria can’t reach them.
If a patient has a higher cavity risk in childhood and his adolescence teeth. Should we wait for the caries to develop in pits and then fill them?
The answer is No.
In such cases preventive measure in form of sealants is greatly required. Studies have shown that 80% caries reduction after 1 year after a single application of sealant.
While diligent oral hygiene removes plaque, food and debris from your teeth’s smooth surfaces, brushing and flossing can’t always get into all the nooks and crannies. Sealants shield these vulnerable areas from cavities by “sealing out” bacteria, plaque and food particles.
Children and teenagers are popular candidates for dental sealants. But adults without decay or dental fillings in their molars can also benefit from this treatment. In general, anyone who’s prone to tooth decay on their back teeth should consider sealants.
There’s no downtime after dental sealant placement. You should be able to go back to work or school immediately.
Sealants last up to five years. For best results, you’ll need to have your sealants replaced on a regular basis.
You can resume normal eating and drinking right after your appointment. However, it’s important to know that extremely hard, sticky or chewy foods can chip or erode your new sealants. It’s best to consume these foods in moderation.
You’re never too old for orthodontics. That said, the best time for braces is generally between the ages of 9 and 14. At this point, your jaws and facial bones are more malleable (flexible) because they’re still developing. Adult braces are just as effective, but it might take a little longer to achieve the desired results
The answer to this question is different for everyone. On average, braces treatment takes about two years to complete. But it depends on the severity of misalignment. Some people finish treatment in under 12 months. Others may need as long as three years.
The most obvious advantage of braces is a straighter, more beautiful smile. But braces can also:
In short, braces can improve the health, function and appearance of your smile
There are some mild, expected side effects of braces, including:
You can manage most of these side effects with over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers. You can also purchase dental wax for braces at your local pharmacy to help with irritation inside your mouth. Simply place some wax over any rough- feeling brackets or wire.