Smoking is dangerous not only to your overall health but also to your teeth and gums. Dr. Victor J. Dongo and our team offer smoking cessation aid to help you quit smoking and take back control of your addiction and lifestyle. For more information about smoking cessation in Hialeah Gardens and Hallandale Beach, Florida, and to schedule your consultation with our caring dentist, please call our office and speak with a member of our team.
Smoking, or any form of tobacco use, causes your gums and supporting bone structure to slowly deteriorate. This, in turn, causes the teeth to become loose and eventually fall out. Additionally, smoking causes discoloration and staining on your teeth (and fillings), making your smile significantly less attractive, slowing the healing of wounds, and reducing your sense of smell and taste.
Smoking also greatly increases your risk of developing periodontal (gum) disease. While anyone can develop gum disease, smoking makes it up to six times more likely that you will develop this oral condition. Similarly, your risk of contracting oral cancer is four time greater if you smoke.
There are many methods used to help you quit smoking. Some individuals stop abruptly while others benefit from small steps, counseling, medication or products that help reduce nicotine addiction. Because smoking is addictive, we know that it can be very difficult to quit and that you may try to quit multiple times before succeeding. Do not be discouraged if you are having trouble stopping. Our dentist and team are here to help you and can recommend additional resources for your use.
We invite you to contact our office today to schedule an appointment with our dental professionals and learn more about our smoking cessation program. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthier lifestyle and more beautiful smile.