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Tobacco can ruin your pearly whites and how

21 April 2015, Dabur Dental Team

In addition to several other chronic diseases, frequent use of tobacco is the primary cause of many dental problems and adverse oral conditions including Oral Cancer. People who give up tobacco are much less likely to lose their teeth prematurely than those who don’t kick the habit. In fact, as per dentists, smokers have worse oral and gum health than non-smokers. For smokers, dental problems are many.Some of the obvious effects of tobacco, on oral health, are as follows:
  • Bad breath
  • Increased risk of developing oral cancer
  • Inflammation of the salivary gland openings on the roof of the mouth
  • Increased build-up of plaque and tartar on the teeth
  • Delayed healing process following tooth extraction, periodontal treatment, or oral surgery
  • Increased risk of red & white patches inside the mouth
  • Increased risk of developing gum diseases, which is also a leading cause of tooth loss
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Increased loss of bone within the jaw
  • Lower success rate of dental implant procedures
Quitting is the only way to decrease risks mentioned above and other tobacco-related health problems. The addictive quality of nicotine, found in cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco, can make this especially difficult. If you are a regular tobacco addict, the first thing you should do is cut down on the intake of tobacco. For better oral care you must, use India’s best toothpaste- Dabur Red Toothpaste.

You must also visit your dentist for regular check-ups to keep your oral health in check and avoid dental problems. Your dentist may also be able to help you calm nicotine cravings with medications, such as nicotine gum and patches. Some of these products can be purchased over the counter; others require a prescription.Tobacco cessation classes and support groups are often used in tandem with drug therapy. Ask your doctor or dentist for information on similar programs they may be familiar with. Herbal remedies, as well as hypnosis and acupuncture, are other treatments that may help you kick the habit. Drinking plenty of water is the ultimate remedy to treat the habit of chewing tobacco. Water will help in detoxifying the body, so whenever you feel the urge to smoke, drink a glass of water. This will not only decrease the craving but will also reduce the withdrawal symptoms.You can also try consuming honey, oats, and ginger, grape juice, etc., at home to quit this habit and avoid dental problems.You may also try herbal cigarettes that cause lesser dental problems. These have 0% nicotine in them. These are made with herbs, like mint, cinnamon, licorice, lemongrass, cornsilk, or clover.

So, quit the intake of tobacco and see a world of difference in your oral health!

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