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By now, most people realize how damaging tobacco smoking is for your overall health. But many people don't realize just how harmful it is for your teeth and gums. Since your mouth is the first point of contact for tobacco smoke, it is one of the first parts of your body to suffer.
Tobacco Causes Staining and Tooth Discoloration
Tobacco products contain toxic chemicals that wreak havoc on teeth. The chemicals stain tooth enamel and cause permanent yellowing. Many whitening products may not be able to remove all the stains, especially after long-term smoking.
Tobacco Causes an Increase in Gum Disease
Those who smoke cigarettes are the most at risk for developing gum disease. Gum disease can lead to tooth loss, which could result in the need for expensive dentures or dental implants. Smoking can also cause gum disease treatments to be less effective.
Tobacco Can Cause Slower Healing Times
If you need oral surgery or dental implants, your healing time will be significantly longer if you are a smoker. Smoking tends to cause a higher failure rate for dental implants. Tobacco smoke can also cause painful dry sockets after tooth extraction which significantly increases recovery time.
Tobacco Increases Your Risk of Oral Cancer
Studies show that as much as 80% of oral cancer patients are smokers. Dentists also caution patients against the combined effects of alcohol and tobacco smoke. Those who drink alcohol and smoke tobacco are 15 times more likely to develop oral cancer than someone who does not.
If you are concerned about the effects of tobacco smoke on your smile, talk to your dentist right away. Your dentist can perform an oral examine to determine how your teeth and gums have been impacted. The dentists of Beaumont Smile Center offer tooth whitening to help restore your teeth to their pearly white. Schedule an appointment today to find out how your dentist can help you get your smile back.
Whether you love your smile or not, crystal clear teeth matched up perfectly undoubtedly looks better than discolored, misaligned, or otherwise unsightly chompers. After all, showing off a full set of straight pearly white teeth exudes self-confidence that other people can gravitate towards, which helps raise your chances for positive social interactions and making good impressions on people you've just met.
Unfortunately, many Americans today struggle to find that beautiful, perfectly-aligned smile that's so widely sought after. If you're one of them, what can you do to obtain that winning grin?
At Beaumont Smile Center, you'll find that the trusted teeth straightening techniques of dentists like Helene Suh, DDS, can be fully trusted all the time, every time. With the Invisalign teeth whitening procedure, Dr. Suh and her colleagues have made many smiles all the more merry, and look forward to each new opportunity for improving a patient's grin.
The Invisalign procedure is safe and reliable, using incremental dental aligners that are both transparent and easy to remove until the patient's natural teeth have been moved into their desired placement. In other words, Invisalign is the clear (literally!) replacement for older teeth-straightening dental devices like braces, and offers complete convenience at a minimal cost to you.
Not only that, but having an Invisalign consultation is completely free at Beaumont Smile Center, allowing you to come in and check it out to see if it's what you're looking for before you have to make any promises with your checkbook!
If you're ready to see for yourself why having that free Invisalign consultation you've been thinking about could be the first step to making the best decision you've ever made for your teeth, then give one of the trusted dental professionals at Beaumont Smile Center a call today at (409) 892-2600 for the first step to a lasting grin that leaves all of Beaumont, TX, in awe!
Find out what you can do to keep your gums clean and healthy.
We take time out everyday to brush and floss our teeth. We may even take our teeth into consideration when we choose what snacks to eat or drinks to consume; however, how often do you think about your gums? While gums are often ignored, they are just as important as your teeth for maintaining good oral health. Your Beaumont dentist offers up some handy tips for keeping your gums healthy and free of gum disease.
While brushing twice a day is imperative to a healthy smile you can’t take for granted how good flossing is for your teeth. After all, your toothbrush can’t get into those hard-to-reach spots between teeth that floss can so easily glide in and out of to remove debris and food.
Eat for Your Smile
If food affects your overall health why wouldn’t it also affect your oral health? Therefore, think before you eat. Instead of grabbing a chocolate bar or bag of potato chips during that mid-afternoon lull, opt for snacks and foods with no added sugar. Also incorporate more fruits, vegetables and calcium into your diet.
Stay Fit and Trim
Research has shown that those who are obese deal with more dental problems than those who maintain an ideal weight. Therefore, regular exercise to help you control and retain a healthy body mass index (BMI) will go a long way to protecting your teeth and gums.
Invest in Your Smile
The oral products you purchase should be of the best quality to ensure that you are getting the optimal results from your daily oral routine. Therefore, opt for a nice electric toothbrush, which will provide the proper amount of pressure needed to remove plaque and buildup.
Halt Tooth Grinding
If you are an avid tooth grinder, particularly at night, talk to your Beaumont dentist about wearing a custom-made mouth guard to protect your mouth from excessive wear and damage.
Nix Bad Habits
Smokers are at an increased risk for developing periodontal disease; therefore, to protect the health of your smile and the rest of your body it might be time to ditch this nasty habit once and for all.
While these are just some things you can do from the comfort of your own home to ensure that your gums are healthy, you also need to keep up with your routine dental cleanings. It’s only through preventive care that we can detect problems early on and provide the proper treatment to keep your smile healthy.
At Beaumont Smile Center, we support more than healthy smiles and happy patients. We also support the Children’s Miracle Network of which nearby CHRISTUS Hospital - St. Elizabeth is a part of. On September 10, Beaumont Smile Center hosted a Miracle Jeans Day. Our staff, including Dr. Suh and Dr. Cascio, wore jeans and donated to the Children’s Miracle Network in commemoration of this event.
Since 2009, Children’s Miracle Network hospitals have encouraged offices and civic groups to promote Miracle Jeans Days. These fundraisers have collected more than $2 million to help children with healthcare needs.
Miracle Jeans Day is proof that small donations can make a difference. For example, a $5 donation can buy 10 diapers for a premature baby while a $25 donation will provide five blankets to keep babies warm. The funds raised at Beaumont Smile Center return directly to CHRISTUS Hospital - St. Elizabeth.
Giving back has always been important to Beaumont Smile Center. In July 2014, Dr. Suh went on a dental missions trip to Brazil, helping patients in rural Brazil receive vital dental care.
Our entire staff is proud to support CHRISTUS Hospital - St. Elizabeth and the Children’s Miracle Network. For more information about hosting your own Miracle Jeans Day, please visit MiracleJeansDay.com. To learn how you can support the hospital and Children’s Miracle Network, visit ChristusHospital.org
If you have questions on how you can get involved or it’s time to make a dental appointment, please call Beaumont Smile Center at (409) 892-2600.
Preventative Dental Care:
- Brush and floss daily. We can show you some helpful techniques for really getting your teeth clean while also making sure you aren’t too rough on your gums.
- Change your toothbrush every three months, or when you notice frayed bristles. You wouldn’t believe how many people keep using the same toothbrush for longer than they should.
- Get dental cleanings and checkups every six months. It’s a well-known fact that preventive dental care can help you avoid costly and lengthy treatments in the long run. Preventive care means early diagnosis and treatment should a dental condition arise.
Call Beaumont Smile Center Today!
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