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#COOL MOMS (PLUS A SPECIAL OFFER!) (porcelain veneers beavercreek beavercreek cosmetic dentistry)

by Lee Anne Austria on May 1, 2018 , Comments Off on #COOL MOMS (PLUS A SPECIAL OFFER!) (porcelain veneers beavercreek beavercreek cosmetic dentistry)

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Moms are the best!   If you are a Mom, you know that there’s not always time to focus on yourself and your health.  So with Mother’s Day just around the corner we thought we would take a moment to suggest some easy ways (no Botox or plastic surgery involved) to brighten up your look, take care of your oral health, and keep everyone guessing about your age.

  • Get rid of those old dark fillings:  Modern, non-toxic tooth-colored restorations are a great investment.  Not only will you look younger, these fabulous composite fillings are less likely to break and crack so so you’ll be better protected against damage and decay in the years to come.
  • Treat yourself to whitening:  As we age, teeth tend to darken naturally, although “adult” beverages like coffee, tea, and red wine can speed up the process.  Whitening is one of the fastest and easiest ways to bring that youthful glow back to your smile.
  • Consider veneers:  Are your teeth chipped, stained, cracked, misshapen or all of the above?  Dental veneers can give you the flawless smile you’ve always wanted.  And a flawless smile exudes radiance and confidence. Veneers are thin porcelain coverings that fit perfectly over teeth and can completely transform a smile in just a few visits.
  • Straighten things up:  Even if your teeth are naturally straight, shifting can occur after years of biting, chewing, and grinding.  Facial muscles can also change over time which can lead to crookedness.  Invisalign™ Orthodontics is a fantastic way to fix these issues without wires and metal in as little as 10 weeks!
  • Missing some teeth?  Tooth loss is never fun and can make you feel and look older.  Dental implants are simply amazing.  Not only can they keep your smile and the structure of your mouth intact, they can help you eat, speak, and smile more naturally.  Gaps in the mouth due to missing teeth will cause the existing teeth to move in order to fill the gaps, and can result in a poor bite and a crooked smile.  Also, missing teeth can lead to bone loss in the jaw which can give the face that dreaded sunken-in appearance.  Implants can help keep the bone structure in place while keeping your teeth strong and healthy.

Cosmetic and restorative dentistry can dramatically improve your smile leading to more confidence and a better quality of life.  And contact us for a special Mother’s Day offer!  (Hint: it’s an amazing offer on KoR Whitening!)  We wish all of you remarkable moms out there a beautiful Mothers Day filled with family and fun!

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(beavercreek invisalign dayton invisalign) IT’S NOVEMBER

by Lee Anne Austria on November 9, 2017 , Comments Off on (beavercreek invisalign dayton invisalign) IT’S NOVEMBER

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Thanksgiving is almost here…that means Turkey trots, pumpkin pie, cornucopias, and Black Friday.  And the holiday music…don’t even get me started!  Are you a pre-Thanksgiving holiday music person or do you cringe at the thought of hearing Jingle Bell Rock 50 times before the fourth Thursday in November?  Anyway, now that the cold and crisp weather seems to be here to stay, I feel inspired…so inspired that I’ve come up with another Top 10 list.  The subject for this list is:

TOP 10 REASONS TO USE YOUR DENTAL BENEFITS BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR

Here goes…

10.  Don’t throw your money away!  You pay for them…use them!  While there is a lot of deviation among plans, most pay for 2 cleanings and exams per year.  These appointments are very important because your hygienist can get to areas that your toothbrush and floss simply cannot reach, thus finding potential problems before they turn into major (and expensive) issues.

 9.  Unused benefits do not rollover.  Any amount left is lost on January 1st.  Imagine waking up after a New Year’s Eve celebration realizing you’ve lost money.  And not just because you bought way too much champagne.

8.  Prices never seem to go down.  (Just ask those of us in the process of re-enrolling in our health insurance plans.)  “Tis the season to plan in advance.  Consider NOT putting off dental treatment this year to help compensate for increased costs next year.

7.  Don’t waste that deductible.  Most dental plans have a deductible that resets every year.  It is the amount of money you have to pay out of your own pocket before your dental insurance will cover anything.  If you put off treatment and it resets, you will have to pay that money all over again before you can get any coverage in the new year.

 6.  You haven’t used your yearly maximum coverage amount.  As an example many dental plans have a yearly maximum of $1000 of coverage.  Let’s say you’ve already used $500 and now you need a crown (not the kind a princess wears.)  If you postpone that treatment and let the maximum reset at the new year, say “buh-bye” to the $500 you could have used toward that getting that crown done.

5.  Dental problems don’t get better over time.  You say to yourself, “It’s not hurting now, why should I get treated for something that doesn’t even hurt?”  Because…what may be a simple cavity now can turn into the dreaded root canal or extraction down the road.  You only have one set of teeth.  Take care of them now and they will thank you for it later on.

4.  FSA accounts.  These accounts are set up using pre-tax money and can be used to pay for various dental services including co-pays and treatments not covered by your dental insurance plan (think orthodontics needed for dental health reasons.)  Depending on the type of FSA you have, you may only have until the end of the year to use the money in your account.  Carefully check your plan benefits to be sure you are making the most of this tax benefit.

3.  You can beat the holiday rush!  With school holiday breaks, slots can fill up quickly in December.  When you make your appointments early on to ensure you can be seen before the end of the year AND maximize your dental benefits you become a master of multi-tasking!

2.  Delaying dental treatment WILL affect your overall health.  And not in a good way. Infection from the mouth can travel to the different parts of your body and cause serious problems (think heart disease and diabetes.)  Your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body. Give it the respect it deserves.

And the #1 reason to use your dental benefits before they expire…

1.  Health is Wealth.  Wealth doesn’t just mean an abundance of money.  Wealth can be attributed to every dollar you save because you are not sick.  Avoid the stress of undergoing complex and expensive dental procedures by having regular dental cleanings and exams.  You will be so much better off in the long run.  And your mouth and body will thank you…click here to learn more.

We here at Brilliant Smiles are thankful for you, our patients.  We wish all of you a blessed Thanksgiving holiday filled with family, fun, and overflowing plates.

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I’M JUST SO TIRED… (greene county dentist/beavercreek dentist)

by Lee Anne Austria on June 26, 2017 , Comments Off on I’M JUST SO TIRED… (greene county dentist/beavercreek dentist)

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Dental insurance…navigating deductibles, co-pays, maximums, PPO vs. Premier Plans…just the thought can inspire a poor soul to throw in the towel and run away… and that’s just our Insurance Coordinator.  Are you tired of trying to figure it all out?  Is it worth that salary deduction?  Or are you in a panic because you lost your dental insurance? Fear not, we can help.

It’s called the Smile Card.  And it’s awesome.  Why is it awesome?  Because it is NOT dental insurance.  “Wait”, you may ask… “How can it save me money if it’s not dental insurance?”  Here’s how it works:

  • You (the patient) pay one fee upfront.  You can choose an individual, individual and spouse, or family plan (for up to 4 family members.)
  • This fee covers 2 exams, 2 cleanings, x-rays, and periodontal charting.  The plan is good for one year from the date you sign up.
  • You receive 10% off all other treatments – this includes the high-ticket procedures like Invisalign, implants, even Kor Whitening!

“But there has to be a catch…” you may think to yourself.  “A waiting period, a maximum, a missing tooth clause…something!!”  Nope…the Smile Card has no annual maximums and no limit to how often it can be used for treatment within the one-year period.  Think of it like a warranty with unlimited mileage!  Oh and did I mention that with this plan there is no paperwork because the fee and reduced rates are paid directly to us?

Imagine that…a discount dental plan that is designed to actually get you the care you need without fine print, paperwork, or glazed-over eyes.  It’s NOT to good to be true.  It’s real. And it’s available for you here at Brilliant Smiles.

Questions?  Call us or click here.  And thanks for reading.  For more vignettes, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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TALK ABOUT MADNESS… (affordable dentist beavercreek ohio)

by Lee Anne Austria on March 23, 2017 , Comments Off on TALK ABOUT MADNESS… (affordable dentist beavercreek ohio)

 

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(Here’s a disclaimer:  This article is reprinted in part from blog written by Implant Seminars – Implant Dentistry Education.  As I usually do, I’ve changed a few things to make it more interesting reading (hopefully) for the average person but the gist is the same.  The article mentions climate change.  Since this is a controversial subject, we here at Brilliant Smiles are not expressing an opinion on whether climate change is valid science or not…only that it is controversial.  If you want to debate the subject go to Facebook.  Or click here.  To read the original article click here.)

Sometimes you have to marvel at our species’ collective progress.  Almost every day breakthroughs in science and technology are transforming how we live and interact with the world around us.  In medicine alone, new theories of disease, new vaccines, and new treatment methods promise to vastly extend human life.  It has been reported that sometime in the not-too-distant future, many of us could be living to around 120!

But just when you think nothing could stifle such optimism, we receive a dose of reality: Tooth decay remains a pressing problem for more than 2.4 billion people.  That’s about one-third of the entire human race.  And to make matters worse, some 190 million new cases are estimated every year.

In an age where miracles like a heart transplant can occur from a cadaver, bionic eyes are developed for the blind, and an artificial skull transplant was completed using a 3D-printer – all achieved in 2014 alone…how can this be??

There are several factors at work here.  First, tooth decay often exhibits threshold event or “tipping point” tendencies.  In science, thresholds are moments where after periods of continual stimulus, a sudden new state is achieved.  The term is used frequently in climate studies and posed as a question.  How much additional carbon dioxide emissions from industry will push the Earth’s climate into a new state?

  • When Your Mouth Runs Amok.  ​Like climate change, tooth decay is a slow and deceptively sneaky process.  The time it takes a microcavity to grow into a damaging and painful abscess can be measured in months and years.  And during that long interlude, few symptoms may manifest.  And if they do emerge, (things like hyper sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages) they can be easily ignored.  But eventually that threshold is crossed.  Perhaps the patient bites down and their tooth shatters.  Or perhaps easily dismissed discomfort becomes excruciating.  Long before the threshold is crossed, significant damage has been done.  Economics and diet also play a significant role.  Even in wealthier countries like the U.S. and the U.K., there remains great disparity rates between the rich and the poor.  A recent study found that dental health was worse among the poorest 20% of British society.  By the time these individuals reach 70, they have on average 8 fewer teeth than their richest counterparts.  In terms of diet our overly processed, high-sugar products are assaulting our teeth like never before.
  • Give Tooth Decay the Time-out it Deserves.  Tooth decay may not grab the evening headlines like the threat of terrorism or March Madness basketball scores.  But when tooth decay impacts a third of the human population, you can bet it’s on the mind of the worlds dentists.  If left unchecked, tooth decay can negatively impact a patient’s life in a variety of ways, ranging from malnutrition and articulation troubles, to social anxiety and barriers to employment.

This spring, as we embrace the warmer months ahead and yes, perform a little spring cleaning, let’s remind ourselves that now would be a great time to make a dental appointment.  If humans really are going to live to 120 on a regular basis, let’s do what we can to make those years as pleasant and pain-free as possible.

While you’re at it, check out OUR Facebook page!  Not as controversial as climate change but still entertaining nonetheless!

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TOOTH TRAUMA – ACCIDENTS HAPPEN BUT ACTING QUICKLY CAN SAVE SMILES! affordable beavercreek dentist/emergency dental

by Lee Anne Austria on July 26, 2016 , Comments Off on TOOTH TRAUMA – ACCIDENTS HAPPEN BUT ACTING QUICKLY CAN SAVE SMILES! affordable beavercreek dentist/emergency dental

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According to the 2013 Delta Dental Children’s Oral Health Survey, 1 out of 10 children ages 10 or 11 has had a tooth emergency such as a knocked-out tooth, chipped tooth, or a loosened permanent tooth at home or at school.  “Dental emergencies can range from biting the lip or tongue to more severe cases such as a completely knocked-out tooth, chipped tooth, or a loosened permanent tooth,”  says Dr. Shannon Mills, DDS, vice president for professional relations and science at Northeast Delta Dental.  “It is important that caretakers and family members know how to react quickly to a dental emergency, especially in the case of a permanent tooth that has been knocked out.”

The primary concern should be getting the child in to see a dentist.  Time is crucial if you want the dentist to be able to reinsert and salvage the natural tooth.  Ideally, a child needs to be seen within 30 minutes of the accident.  Whether a tooth is knocked out at school,home, or while participating in a sport, here are several steps to ensure it is saved – or at least in optimal condition – by the time the child sees the dentist.

  • First check to make sure the child does not have a serious head, neck, or other orofacial injury (i.e. a concussion, broken jaw, etc.)  If there is a head, jaw, or neck injury, take the child to the emergency room immediately.
  • Do not replace a displaced baby tooth!  Trying to reinsert it could damage the permanent tooth coming in behind it.
  • To avoid infection, the tooth should be held by the crown, not the root.  The crown is the part of the tooth that is visible while it is in the mouth.  You want to leave the root intact, and touching it with your hands could pass bacteria.
  • Rinse any debris off the tooth under room temperature water.  Do not scrub the root!  Once the tooth is free of loose dirt and debris, try to reinsert it, asking them child to hold it in place using a piece of gauze if necessary.
  • If the tooth cannot be successfully reinserted, it needs to stay moist until the child can see a dentist.  Store the tooth in a clean container and cover it with milk or room temperature water to help prevent it from drying out.l  These liquids are not ideal, but are often the only ones readily available.
  • If you are a school nurse or your child frequently plays contact sports, purchase an emergency bag that includes a “save-a-tooth” kit (available at most drugstores.)  These contain a solution that is better at preserving any live cells on the tooth root until the dentist can put the tooth back into the socket.

Tooth injuries are not life threatening in most cases; however, they can be very scary especially to a young child and sometimes they can have long-lasting effects on the child’s appearance and self-confidence, so it is important to act quickly in the event of a dental emergency.

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EATING DISORDERS: A COMPLEX COMPULSION YOUR DENTIST CAN SPOT dentist in beavercreek

by Lee Anne Austria on July 19, 2016 , Comments Off on EATING DISORDERS: A COMPLEX COMPULSION YOUR DENTIST CAN SPOT dentist in beavercreek

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​An eating disorder is a complex compulsion to eat in a way that disturbs physical, mental, and psychological health.  The 3 most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.  The eating may be excessive (compulsive over-eating); restrictive, or may include normal eating punctuated with episodes of purging (such as self-induced vomiting, use of laxatives, fasting, diuretics, or diet pills.)  The eating may include cycles of binging and purging, or may encompass the ingesting of non-foods (such as dirt, clay, or chalk.)  Each of these disorders rob

eating-disorders1s the body of adequate minerals, vitamins, proteins, and other nutrients needed for good health and may cause injury to teeth, muscles, and major organs.  Obviously, a serious issue that should be addressed.

“Eating disorders have serious implications for oral health and overall health”, says Shannon Mills, DDS, Vice President of Professional Relations and Science at Northeast Delta Dental.  “Stomach acids can damage teeth with repeated exposures during purging for those with bulimia nervosa.  For those with anorexia nervosa, which is characterized by self-induced starvation, poor nutrition can affect oral health by increasing the risk for periodontal (gum) diseases.”

As many as 35 million men, women, and children suffer from eating disorders in the United States.  Dentists are becoming the first line of defense when it comes to detecting eating disorders in patients, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. For example, although parents may not recognize that their child is anorexic or bulimic, they are often still taking the child to a dentist on a regular schedule and the dentist may spot the oral signs of the disease.

Bad breath, sensitive teeth, and eroded tooth enamel are just a few of the signs that dentists use to determine whether a patient suffers from an eating disorder.  Other signs include teeth that are worn and appear almost translucent, mouth sores, dry mouth, cracked lips, bleeding gums, and tender mouth, throat, and salivary glands.

According to the National Eating Disorders Association, studies have found up to 89 percent of bulimic patients have signs of tooth erosion due to the effects of stomach acid.  Over time, this loss of tooth enamel can be considerable, and the teeth change color, shape, and length.  If you suspect or have been told that a family member could have an eating disorder don’t wait.  Seek care from a professional to help manage this illness.

On a lighter note, remember it is NEVER to late to fix your smile.  Visit our Website to learn about all of the options we provide.  And we are VERY social!  Visit our Facebook Page, Pinterest Page, and our Google + Page for a wealth of information on all things Dental, with some humor thrown in for good measure!

(Reprinted in part from the website:  www.nedelta.com/oral-health-and-wellness/adult)

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WHEN REST ISN’T SO EASY affordable dentist beavercreek

by Lee Anne Austria on May 24, 2016 , Comments Off on WHEN REST ISN’T SO EASY affordable dentist beavercreek

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sleep apneaIt is estimated that 87 million people snore in America – that’s two thirds of the population.  It’s an even bigger problem when you consider secondary snoring, and the effect that can have on spouses, and other family members who have to listen.  Snoring disrupts sleep which can cause depression, irritability, sexual dysfunction, learning and memory difficulties, and falling asleep while working or driving.  Snoring and sleep apnea should be treated as quickly as possible.

WHAT CAUSES SNORING AND SLEEP APNEA?

Snoring and sleep apnea occur when the soft tissue structures of the upper airway collapse onto themselves.  The snoring sound is caused by the vibration of these tissues.  The complete closure of the airway causing the individual to stop breathing is called an “Apnea Event.”  The causal factors may be:

  • Structural – A narrow jaw, a large tongue, enlarged tonsils, enlarged adenoids, a thick soft palate, small nasal valves, or a crooked septum.
  • Outside Causes – Allergies, over consumption of alcohol, sedatives, smoking, disruption of normal sleep patterns, or decreased lung capacity (can be caused by obesity.)

SOME SCARY STATISTICS

  • 67% of the general population snores.
  • 20 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea.
  • 85% of people who have suffered a stroke have obstructive sleep apnea.
  • 30% of the hypertensive population has sleep apnea.
  • 44% of ED patients have obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Untreated sleep apnea increases the risk of cardiovascular mortality 5 times.
  • Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with pulmonary hypertension and right ventricular failure.

If you experience interruptions of deep sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, grinding of your teeth, headaches, and complaints of snoring from family members, WE CAN HELP.  Call our office at 937-429-3880 or visit our website to make an appointment for a consultation.

A BETTER NIGHT’S SLEEP AND A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE ARE POSSIBLE.

WE CAN HELP!

(Reprinted in part from information obtained from Steven Lambert, DDS, Diplomate, ABDSM and Sleep Joy International, LLC.)

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SNORING – IT’S NOTHING TO YAWN ABOUT (affordable dentist beavercreek/dentist greene county

by Lee Anne Austria on May 16, 2016 , Comments Off on SNORING – IT’S NOTHING TO YAWN ABOUT (affordable dentist beavercreek/dentist greene county

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snore“Do I snore?”  “Do I have sleep apnea?”  Maybe your family knows the answers to these questions.  Recently, Dr. Hodge attended a seminar in Rochester, New York:  Contemporary Solutions in Dental Sleep Medicine.  She is very excited to be able to assist patients and their physicians in diagnosing and treating this problem – a problem that can pose significant risks to health and well-being.

It is estimated that 87 million people snore in America – that’s two thirds of the population.  It’s an even bigger problem when you consider secondary snoring, and the effect that can have on spouses, and other family members who have to listen.  Snoring disrupts sleep which can cause depression, irritability, sexual dysfunction, learning and memory difficulties, and falling asleep while working or driving.  Snoring and sleep apnea should be treated as quickly as possible.

WHAT CAUSES SNORING AND SLEEP APNEA?

Snoring and sleep apnea occur when the soft tissue structures of the upper airway collapse onto themselves.  The snoring sound is caused by the vibration of these tissues.  The complete closure of the airway causing the individual to stop breathing is called an “Apnea Event.”  The causal factors may be:

  • Structural – A narrow jaw, a large tongue, enlarged tonsils, enlarged adenoids, a thick soft palate, small nasal valves, or a crooked septum.
  • Outside causes –   Allergies, over consumption of alcohol, sedatives, smoking, disruption of normal sleep patterns or decreased lung capacity (can be caused by obsesity.)

SOME SCARY STATISTICS:

  • 67% of the general population snores.
  • 20 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea.
  • 85% of people who have suffered a stroke have obstructive sleep apnea.
  • 30% of the hypertensive population has sleep apnea.
  • 44% of ED patients have obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Untreated sleep apnea increases the risk of cardiovascular mortality 5 times.
  • Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with pulmonary hypertension and right ventricular failure.

 If you experience interruptions of deep sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, grinding of your teeth, headaches, and complaints of snoring from family members, WE CAN HELP.  Call our office at 937-429-3880 or email us to make an appointment for a consultation.

A BETTER NIGHT’S SLEEP AND A HEALTHIER LIFE ARE POSSIBLE

WE CAN HELP!

(Reprinted in part from information obtained from Steven Lambert, DDS, Diplomate, ABDSM and Sleep Joy International, LLC.)

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SMOKING AND YOUR ORAL HEALTH – THE 411 (affordable dentist beavercreek)

by Lee Anne Austria on May 9, 2016 , Comments Off on SMOKING AND YOUR ORAL HEALTH – THE 411 (affordable dentist beavercreek)
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Most of us know smoking is bad…bad for overall health, bad for those who hang out with smokers (second-hand smoke), bad during pregnancy, bad for your lungs, bad since nicotine is highly addictive, this list goes on and on.  In this blog we are focusing on smoking and oral health.  Read on to learn some things of which you may not be aware.

Smoking can negatively impact your oral health in a number of ways, some obvious, some not so obvious:

  • Reduced blood flow and the supply of vital nutrients to gums, including Vitamin C.  Without proper nutrients, gum disease and bone loss can develop and even tooth loss.
  • Decreased amount of saliva.  Saliva is important for cleaning the mouth and preventing tooth decay.
  • Smoking affects the appearance of teeth, making them discolored with the yellow and brown stains that nicotine and tar leave behind.
  • Inflammation of the roof of the mouth.
  • Bad Breath
  • Lost sense of taste.

Most importantly, smoking causes oral cancer.  More than 43,000 Americans and 4,000 Canadians were expected to be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer in 2015, resulting in more than 8,000 deaths, or about one per hour.  If oropharyngeal (throat) cancer is included, the number of expected deaths increases to more than 15,000 per year.

Cigar smoking is NOT safe because cigars contain the same toxic and carcinogenic compounds that cigarettes do.  Cigar smoking increases your risk for oral cancer, lung cancer, and larynx and esophageal cancers.  Smokeless tobacco use increases the risk for developing gum disease as well as gum recession (the pulling away of gum from the teeth.)  Smokeless tobacco users are 4 to 6 more times likely to develop oral cancer from chewing tobacco.  In fact, the area of your mouth where smokeless tobacco is placed is 50 times more likely to be a site of oral cancer.

WHAT ABOUT E-CIGARETTES?

The use of battery-operated electronic nicotine-delivery systems, such as electronic cigarettes, is not recommended.  E-cigarettes have grown in popularity over the past decade and there is currently not a lot of research available about how they may affect your health.  However, experts say the nicotine inhalation that occurs while using an e-cigarette can cause susceptibility to bacteria buildup in the mouth, as well as tooth decay and dry mouth.

After all of that, CAN I QUIT?

The nicotine found in tobacco products is highly addictive, so quitting can be difficult.  But there are ways to successfully stop using tobacco.  These include nicotine replacement therapies, such as nasal spray and inhalers, patches, and gum and lozenges, all of which are available over the counter.  A variety of prescription medications are available as well.  For some, smoking-cessation support groups also are a very helpful resource in the quitting process and they are available in both in-person and online community formats.

If you’re a smoker, it’s never too late to quit.  Research has shown that quitting at any age will improve health and increase longevity.  Talk with your dentist or other health care provider for more information on how to quit.

reprinted in part from AGD Impact/January 2016/Fact Sheet/Smoking

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