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“We’re honored to have the opportunity to help the people in our community with this beneficial treatment. Patients no longer have to be afraid of the dentist.”
- The staff and doctors of Willow Dental Care Clinics.
Smoking’s detrimental affects to your health are wide spread and well known. But did you know that smoking reeks havoc on your oral health?
You brush and floss daily. You visit your dentist twice a year and you’re even good about keeping your diet fairly sugar free. Your teeth should be in wonderful shape, non? Oh but you smoke. You know smoking causes cancer, heart diseases and ages you prematurely, but it can’t do more than stain your teeth – right?
Wrong. Smoking can lead to many dental problems. Smoking interferes with saliva production. As we’ve mentioned in a previous Toothbrush Confidential article, saliva regulates PH balance in your mouth and kills the bacteria that causes cavities and gingivitis.
Smoking also constricts your blood vessels leading to low blood flow to the gums. This interferes with the gum and bone level attachments, which can lead to tooth loss. Think of it like cutting off the blood supply to your finger. What would happen? It would eventually die. This is how you are slowly decimating your oral health.
Before we get to the good news, we must talk about cancer. The cigarette smoke drifts through your mouth and may cause damage to the cells in your oral mucosa. This damage may be cancerous. Unfortunately oral cancer is hard to diagnose and progresses quickly.
The good news is that your oral health professionals are the first line in defense for early diagnosis of oral cancer. Early diagnosis allows for 87% recovery rates. Whether you are a smoker or not have them screen for oral cancer annually. Make certain your dentist uses a Velscope which has the ability to detect unusual growth below the skin. Statistically there is an increase of oral cancer in younger people who are not even smokers.
Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things a person can do. The silver lining? Once you do quit your hygienist can see the difference right away. You will notice more bleeding when you floss. This is good! It proves the blood flow is rushing into your mouth to heal your gums and bone. You will have less stains on your teeth and more of that healthy saliva production. Your gums get pinker and firmer immediately and your hygienist will ask you if you quit smoking.
Hopefully this article will empower you to choose to quit smoking and keep your beautiful smile and health throughout your life.
Gagan K. -Hygienist at Willow Dental Care Chilliwack
Dental emergencies don’t happen every day, but having a plan when you or your child is in pain can be priceless. Below we’ve listed the most common dental emergencies and a short plan of action. Why not bookmark this emergency action plan for future use?
In case of dental emergency, it is always best to contact your Willow Dental Care office and if it is after hours follow the directions on the voicemail. Email is not a viable communication technique for dental emergencies because emails are not read after hours.
25 – 46020 Yale Road West, Chilliwack, BC V2P7V2 604-792-6999
Unit 6 – 45540 Market Way, Chilliwack, BC V2R 0M5 604-846-1150
438 – 19705 Fraser Highway, Langley, BC V3A 7E9 604-534-7200
807 – 805 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Z1K1 604-873-9794
201 – 1743 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC V6G 1C9 604-685-0717
It’s a Knock Out!
So you’ve knocked out a permanent adult tooth… you’ll want to keep it moist in order to place it back in the socket. Don’t handle it by the root. An option is to place the errant tooth between the cheek and gums. If this option feels uncomfortable to you, you can always keep your tooth viable in milk. Now that the tooth is protected, get thyself to the dentist ASAP! Good chance that it can be put back. Time is of the essence. It should be re-implanted as soon as possible.
All Cracked Up and No Where to Go!
Yep, you’ve cracked your tooth. Rinse your mouth with warm water immediately. You might also want to keep your face from swelling with a cold compress as you head to your dentist. Depending on the fracture, bring the piece to the doctor. It may be useful.
Biting Off More Than You Can Chew!
When you bite your tongue or lip it’s a bit annoying but you know it’ll heal on it’s own. But If you bite through your tongue or lip, causing quite a gouge in your flesh, gently cleanse the area with water and apply a cold compress. Go straight to your dentist or emergency room.
Pain in the Tooth?
Toothaches are never a good thing. Cleanse your mouth as gently as possible with warm or cold salt water whichever feels best to you. Be sure to brush, floss and rinse with mouth wash. Do not follow the old wives tale of placing an aspirin on your aching tooth or gums. It’s really not a good idea and may burn the gum tissue. Some people like rubbing on some oil of clove or swallowing an aspirin or Tylenol. Contact your dentist.
Smacked My Jaw Up
We hope none of our patients have to deal with a broken jaw, but it does happen. A cold compress is always a good idea and head straight to the emergency room for treatment.
Stuck With You
Something is stuck between your teeth. Flossing isn’t getting it. You might think it’s a good idea to attack the problem with a sharp object. It’s not. Contact your dentist or go to the emergency room. This is not a DIY project. Your dentist will have proper tools that will safely open up the contacts between your teeth and remove the foreign objects.
Avoidance is King
Now you’re empowered to deal with the most common of dental emergencies. How do you avoid having to deal with them in the first place?