Let’s cut to the chase: You’ve got bad habits.
It’s OK, though; everybody does. Whether it’s the late night snack that turns into a late night feast, a regular shopping bill which could bankroll a third-world nation, or just sneezing without covering your mouth, part of what makes you who you are has as much to do with your flaws as it does your strengths.
But there are two bad habits – and I don’t care who you are – which are inexcusable, and not just from a dentist’s point of view.
I’m talking, of course, about tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption.
Both of those habits will certainly do a number on your smile in terms of appearance, specifically smoking, which will turn even the brightest of smiles yellow and dingy if given enough time. And the carbohydrates contained in alcoholic drinks like beer and cocktails are like an open buffet for the bacteria which causes gum disease. That bacteria will go into a feeding frenzy when it feeds of off those sugars, which can also accelerate cavity grow and tooth decay.
When combined, those habits will wear down the quality of your smile faster than a pencil eraser on exam day.
While the solution to this problem of an unsightly smile – a cosmetic dentistry procedure known as Zoom!® teeth whitening – is quick and produces brilliant results, it won’t address the real oral health dangers posed by your smoking and drinking.
Combining Cosmetic And Preventative Dentistry
It’s not uncommon for a patient to come in for one procedure and then, in the course of a routine dental examination and teeth cleaning, discover that they need additional treatment for a problem they didn’t know they had.
This is particularly true for patients who want a brighter smile with a Zoom!® whitening treatment in order to offset the discoloration caused by smoking cigarettes or cigars.
While we can certainly get you in and out of our office with a brighter smile in just one afternoon thanks to the special technology used by Zoom!® whitening products, making your smile whiter won’t necessarily make it any healthier.
That’s because in order for me to determine whether you are a good candidate for a procedure like Zoom!®, I must determine whether or not your teeth and gums are in good enough shape to go through the process in order for it to be effective.
In the interest of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, I want to let you know that just because your motives might seem superficial (even though there is nothing wrong with simply wanting to look and feel your best), a cosmetic dentistry appointment could also save your life.
The Link Between Yellow Teeth and Oral Cancer
Those bad habits of smoking and drinking aren’t just making your smile less pleasant to look at. They’re also increasing your risk for a deadly form of oral cancer.
A landmark study by the U.S. Public Health Service tracked 1.2 million smokers for 6 years. This study found that male smokers were over 27 times more likely to develop oral cancer than men who didn’t smoke, and that women who smoked cigarettes were 6 times more likely to develop oral cancer than their non-smoking counterparts.
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, the next-biggest risk factor behind tobacco usage is heavy drinking. Although research suggests that one of the reasons this is true is because people who drink also use tobacco products, the dehydrating effect of alcohol on the mouth can allow carcinogens to more easily penetrate the soft tissues inside of your smile.
So as you can see, the two greatest factors which can discolor your smile are also the two greatest factors which contribute to oral cancer.
Obviously, the best thing you can do for your oral health is to quit smoking and reduce or outright abstain from alcohol. You could be saving your life in the process!
One Appointment, Two Stones
If you are tired of being self-conscious at work, with friends, or spending time with your significant other due to your smile-staining bad habits, then a decision to get a Zoom!® teeth whitening treatment will revolutionize the appearance of your smile.
In the process, I’ll be able to detect any of the symptoms for oral cancer, allowing you to get effective, life-saving treatment so you can enjoy a brighter smile for many years to come.
But you must make your appointment with your Eugene dentist now in order to be sure one way or another.
I can be reached at 458-205-5189 throughout the week, or you can feel free to click here and complete a simple web form to request an appointment with me online.
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