CDC: Smokers Have More Dental Problems

We all know that smoking isn’t good for our health, but did you ever consider a connection between tobacco use and the condition of your teeth?  The Huffington Post is reporting on new findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The article explains that “More than a third of smokers reported having three or more dental problems, ranging from stained teeth to jaw pain, toothaches or infected gums. That was more than twice as much as people who never smoked.”  While these findings are surely surprising, the report suggests something even more serious -- many smokers aren't doing anything about it!

While the findings did not offer any information on income or health insurance rates among smokers, The Huffington Post is reporting that “20 percent of the smokers said they had not been to a dentist in at least five years. Only 10 percent of non-smokers and former smokers had stayed away that long, the study found.”  While shocking, hopefully this new data will highlight the need for smokers and non-smokers alike to seek out the care of an Experienced Dentist.  Of course, besides its effects on oral health, smoking can also contribute to a host of cosmetic issues.  Read on to find out what you can do about it!

Smoking and Your Smile

Smoking doesn’t just impact your health; it can also affect the appearance of your smile.  One of the biggest culprits is tooth staining and discoloration.  When teeth become less-than-brilliant, Cosmetic Teeth Whitening is often the answer.  During a teeth bleaching procedure, a strong peroxide gel is applied to the teeth using a custom-fit mouth tray.  Sometimes, a special light can be applied to speed up the process and enhance the results.  Patients will often return to the office a few times until their desired level of whiteness is achieved.

Another common concern among smokers is bad breath.  Bad breath—also known as halitosis—isn’t just indicative of poor oral health, but it can be downright embarrassing.  Our Beverly Hills Dental Clinic offers Bad Breath Treatment tailored to your needs.  Let us address your most pressing issues!

Find Out If Cosmetic Dentistry is Right for You

Don’t settle for an unattractive smile!  You can do something about it!  Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer.  Our dental offices are located in Beverly Hills, proudly serving the surrounding area.  Schedule your consultation at (310) 273-0111. Take the first step today!

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