We’ve known that smoking is deadly since Congress forced the cigarette manufacturers to place warning labels on every pack in 1965. Smoking is the leading preventable cause of heart disease, lung disease, and several types of cancer.
We’ve also learned that smoking is a real threat to the health of your smile. It causes the following dental health conditions:
Gum disease–also known as periodontal disease–is a major threat to your smile that afflicts over 47% of Americans over the age of 30. And smoking is a major cause of gum disease. In fact, researchers say that over 40 percent of all gum disease in the United States can be ascribed to smoking.
Gum disease is an infection caused by bacteria which feeds on the plaque and tartar that develops on your teeth. It can result in pain, bleeding, and, eventually, the loss of one or even all of your teeth. Symptoms of gum disease include:
W know it’s not easy to stop smoking. Several patients have informed us that they have been trying to quit without success. If you are trying to quit, please contact the American Lung Association. They can provide you with resources that can really help. Good luck!
Quitting smoking is a great way to protect your smile. Another terrific thing you can do is call our office in Palm Harbor and make an schedule a checkup with Dr. Caputo.
Dr. Paul L. Caputo
3490 East Lake Rd. Suite A
Palm Harbor, FL 34685
Monday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM