While it can be difficult to let go of a smoking habit, doing so provides important benefits to your well-being. People who smoke can actually have a harder time avoiding problems with periodontal disease. What this means is that cigarettes (or any other tobacco product) make you vulnerable to a problem that can interfere with your well-being and also raise your risk for tooth loss! At our Encinitas/San Diego, CA periodontal practice, we offer different services that help patients fight active issues with gum disease. We can also provide guidance to help you preserve the health of these tissues. By cutting smoking from your life, and sticking to a good oral hygiene routine, you can more easily preserve healthy gums and avoid problems!
Smoking Raises Your Risk For Periodontal Disease
There are several health conditions that you become more vulnerable to when you smoke or use smokeless tobacco. While periodontal disease is only one concern of many, it is one that you should take seriously. When periodontal disease forms, it can be hard to fully treat; once the infection is present, you may experience more health issues as microbes move through your blood stream to other parts of your body. You also have a greater risk for tooth loss, as the infection can lead to attachment loss. What this means is that the tissues that are holding your teeth in place are destroyed over time, weakening the support your teeth enjoy.
Make Choices That Keep Your Gums Healthy
By cutting tobacco products from your life, you can have an easier time preserving the health of your gums. Your periodontal health is something you should tend to on a daily basis. Remember that your brushing and flossing sessions are your opportunity to fight the buildup of microbes at the base of your teeth that cause gingivitis. Make sure you always give yourself enough time to thoroughly clean your smile, as tartar can form in a short time and raise your risk for trouble! Our practice can provide feedback about the condition of your gums by providing a diagnostic review. If there are signs of gingivitis, we can provide preventive periodontal care to stop an infection from worsening. If periodontal disease is already present, we can discuss treatment options.
Already Worried About The Effects Of Periodontal Disease? We Can Help!
While periodontal disease can have serious consequences, like tooth loss, the condition can be managed with the right services. Ozone therapy allows us to directly target the unhealthy microbes infecting your gums by administering concentrated doses of oxygen. We can also use lasers to clear away bacteria and infected tissues.
Your Encinitas/San Diego, CA Periodontist Can Help You Protect Your Gums
If you currently struggle with a smoking habit, know that quitting can help you avoid difficulties with periodontal disease. To find out more about the benefits of dropping tobacco, or to learn how we can help you with an active periodontal infection, call Dr. Kania’s periodontal office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, at (760) 642-0711.