Dental patients have many reasons to prevent periodontal (gum) disease before it exerts far-ranging adverse effects. Aside from the more immediate potential consequences of gum disease, which include inflammation and possible tooth loss, research links gum disease with heart disease, diabetes, lung problems, and premature and low-weight babies. Fortunately, early stages of gum disease can be reversed with professional cleanings and at-home brushing and flossing. In more severe cases that involve buildups of hardened tartar, professional “scaling” and “root planning” may remove unwanted deposits above and below the gumline. However, only patients have it in their power to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, which research now shows increases the likelihood of developing severe gum disease by 30%-60%.
At MCNEW DENTAL, we can give you tips on the proper way to brush and floss. Brushing and flossing correctly helps keep your teeth white and healthy. We’ll also recommend a personalized oral home care program to meet your specific needs.
P.S. Both smokers and non-smokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke may come in contact with toxins in the smoke that increase inflammation and oxidative stress.