January 1, 2013
Stroll through almost any mall in America and you’ll stumble upon a kiosk peddling electronic cigarettes. The salesperson may boast that you can smoke electronic cigarettes anywhere, that they’re not nearly as dangerous to your health as traditional cigarettes, and that the effects of e-cigarettes are not as hard on your teeth. The real fact is that just like with traditional cigarettes, periodontal disease is a very real result of ingesting any form of nicotine into the body.
Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor, meaning it reduces blood flow. As a result, less oxygen and nutrients are fed to the gums. If less oxygen reaches the gums, a smoker has a higher probability of suffering from gum disease over their life. Regular dental hygiene visits to our Newport Beach dental practice, the Center for Reconstructive Dentistry, can help catch periodontal disease in its early stages and prevent unnecessary dental issues. Ultimately, the best prevention is to eliminate nicotine from your body.
Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease:
Furthermore, smoking and chewing tobacco increase your risk of not only lung and throat cancer, but they can also yellow teeth. While teeth bleaching options are available, the best way to keep teeth sparkling white is to resist smoking or chewing tobacco.
Regardless of whether e-cigarettes are promoted as a “healthier” alternative to smoking, any form of nicotine puts your teeth, gums, and jaw at risk for dental health problems. The best method of preventing periodontal disease is to floss regularly, avoid nicotine, visit a dentist regularly, and eat well. To set up an appointment with Dr. Sherri Worth for a comprehensive oral exam, request a consultation or call us at 800-878-9244.
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Dr. Sherri Worth is best known for her exceptional work in cosmetic dentistry and participation in Fox's hit show, "The Swan," where she helped over 40 different women. Read more about Dr. Worth