Smoking and Dental Problems



Most of us know that smoking is bad for our health, but did you know that smoking is also a major contributor to many dental problems? Cigarettes aren't the only products to blame. All forms of tobacco, including Cigars, smokeless tobacco and hookah water pipes  pose dental health concerns.
 • smoking  greatly increases the risk for oral cancer, a disease that progresses rapidly and can be deadly if not diagnosed and treated early.
• smoking  increases the risk of gum disease, which is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults.
• smoking can slow down healing after oral surgery procedures, such as having a tooth pulled.
• smoking  can damage gum tissue and cause receding gums, leaving the roots of the teeth exposed. This could increase the risk of tooth decay and cause hot/cold sensitivity.
• smoking  can cause bad breath.
• smoking  causes stains on teeth that can't be removed with regular brushing.
• smoking  can cause a build up of tartar, which could require you to get more frequent dental cleanings.

AIDS TO QUIT SMOKING
Smoking cigarette is one of the most common addictions found in the world. The people smoke to relieve their so-called stress and troubles. There are mainly three forms of smoking- Social smoking, habitual smoking and passive smoking. Social smoking doesn’t require any quitting aids and passive smoking has no aids to quit therefore the aids to quit smoking is only available for habitual smokers.


There are many aids which are available in the market which help the smoker to quit smoking. But unless the smoker has the will and determination to quit, nothing can help him. The smoker should make up his mind that he needs to quit smoking. For that he has to understand how harmful smoking is and how smoking affects the body. 

Once he understands and decides to quit , he may choose one of the following quitting aids available:

1. Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) - NRT is one of the most favored aids to quit smoking. In this the nicotine intake is replaced with other non toxic ingredients so that the patient slowly withdraws from nicotine. The dose of nicotine is gradually reduced to check the nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Unlike cigarettes that have many carcinogenic and poisonous chemicals, NRTs have only nicotine in them. 
2. Nicotine Patch- Nicotine patch is a square patch which is applied on the skin devoid of hair and is dry and clean. The patch contains doses of nicotine which goes into the body and checks the nicotine withdrawal symptoms. The size of patch depends upon the dose of nicotine. These trans-dermal patches are to be used for 16 hours to 24 hours and a fresh patch has to be applied. 
3. Nicotine Gum: this comes in a chewing gum form and is used as an NRT. Sometimes people get addicted, to nicotine gums, which is very hard to control.
4. Nicotine lozenge: these are flavored candies which contain nicotine in very small dose. This also works as an aid to quit smoking.
5. Nicotine inhaler and nasal spray: the nicotine inhaler is inhaled and the smell of nicotine helps the person to satisfy his nicotine craving. The nicotine nasal spray is also used for the same purpose, only that it is sprayed inside the nose rather than inhaled.
6. Nicotine free drugs: there are some drugs which are administered by the doctors for the cessation of smoking. These nicotine free drugs include Bupropion and Varenicline Tartrate. But these should never be taken unless the doctor prescribes them.

Most of us know that smoking is bad for our health, but did you know that smoking is also a major contributor to many dental problems? Cigarettes aren't the only products to blame. All forms of tobacco, including Cigars, smokeless tobacco and hookah water pipes  pose dental health concerns.


   
 
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