Smoking and tobacco-products are amount the most important health related hazards. Cigarette smoking poses a major risk factor for diseases including lung cancer, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease and oral cancer. An estimated 50% of advanced gum disease is attributable to smoking. Smokers respond poorly to gum treatment and are at a greater risk for gum disease. Smokers are 2.5-3 times more likely to develop gum disease. How smoking affects the color of your teeth is an apparent issue. Our office can provide numerous ways from tooth whitening to smile makeovers with porcelain veneers to improve the appearance of your teeth.
One third of the population snores. It is estimated that more than 80 million people in North America snore while sleeping. Did you know snoring can be deadly? Snoring can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. During sleep, the muscles and soft tissue of the throat and mouth relax making the breathing airway smaller. This decrease in the airway space increases the velocity of air flowing through the airway during breathing. As this occurs, soft tissues like the soft palate and the uvula vibrate. These vibrations are generally referred to as snoring. Snoring can be treated with a custom fabricated dental device worn at night which moves the lower jaw into a more forward position, increasing the airway space and reducing snoring. This device is easily fabricated in our dental office and has proven to be very effective.
Systemic Diseases and Dental Treatment. Now more than ever, patients are hearing about the “mouth-body” connections between systemic disease and oral disease. Dentists and physicians have known for some time that illnesses and conditions of the mouth, gums and teeth are directly related to illnesses and conditions in the rest of the body. Research is now providing ample evidence to back this up. Studies show that bacterial infection and tissue inflammation are important causative factors in periodontal disease. These byproducts can be major factors in the development of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and other serious problems. According to the ADA, approximately 70% of the population has some form of periodontal gum disease. The bacteria identified in periodontal disease are the same bacteria identified with other systemic diseases. It is due to this connection that preventative dentistry and proper dental hygiene appointments are so important for not only dental health but systemic health as well.