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Know About Cigarettes & Your Teeth

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Know About Cigarettes & Your Teeth

It is well known that smoking not only negatively affects your physical health but your oral health too. According to the American Lung Association, approximately more than 7000 chemicals mixed with nicotine are found in tobacco. It’s difficult to stop due to the addictive qualities nicotine has on people, along with the withdrawal symptoms caused. However, the adverse effects are far worse long-term for your oral health, as gum disease, tooth loss, oral cancer, and halitosis are some of the many risks to look out for. Keep reading for a better understanding on these:

Gum Disease:

Gum disease or gingivitis, which could possibly lead to periodontitis, can be caused by smoking. The build-up of plaque on the teeth, which could then harden to tartar, is increased bacteria buildup, creating red, inflamed, and bleeding gums that could develop into an infection. Smoking hinders the healing process, and if left unchecked, the issues could lead to tooth loss. There are multiple symptoms and risk factors, but it’s essential to check it out with your dentist if you see red flag signs. It is crucial to prevent the effects from getting worse over time.

Oral Effects of Smoking:

The adverse effects of smoking lead to tooth decay, teeth discoloration, and bad breath (halitosis) caused by the build-up of tar and nicotine. With this, your sense of taste begins to decrease along with your appetite. Nicotine, when combined with oxygen, is known to cause discoloration. The tar build-up leaves behind yellow or black discoloration on the teeth and an intense build-up on the tongue called the smoker’s tongue. These are a combination of adverse effects caused by the ingredients being absorbed in the mouth.

Prevention & Treatment For Gum Disease and Oral Health:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Mouth Wash
  • Floss every day
  • See a dentist regularly
  • Deep cleaning
  • Medications (if treatment is needed)
  • Quit smoking

Risk of Oral Cancer:

According to the WHO, smoking leads to multiple forms of cancer and accounts for 90% of them, including oral cancer. It is known to weaken the immune system and make healing harder. If you have regular checkups with your dentist, such as Summer Creek Dental, you can detect the symptoms in their early stages. An oral cancer screening is highly recommended for smokers as 27% of deaths recorded in Europe in 2018 have been positively linked to smoking. Mouth cancer is likely to be developed in the tongue, lips, and throat.

If you can quit smoking, it has been found that the build of bacteria decreases, and your sense of taste and smell start to return. Your mouth can be restored once you quit with your practitioner’s help, which will most likely bring back a bright smile and a better mood. If leaving isn’t entirely on the cards yet, it’s essential to take extra care of your oral health and regularly assist in prevention.

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Mystery Solved!!!!

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Mystery Solved!!!!

So Lil Red had been feeling under the weather since Sunday. My sister was sick with probably a mild flu and I’m sure that she handed it on to me. #bitter Since Sunday I’ve been absolutely miserable. I’ve been achey, tired, dizzy, hot and cold, nauseous, no appetite, and when I do eat I can’t taste anything. From Sunday till Wednesday I went with the safe assumption that I just have the flu. BUT today my perspective changed when I realized that I haven’t smoked a cigarette since Saturday night. I’m 100% sure that I’m experiencing withdrawal symptoms from not smoking. It all makes so much sense. I googled the symptoms of cigarette withdrawal and it added up perfectly. The website that I was on, http://www.quitsmokingsupport.com/withdrawal1.htm shined a light on the reasons why I’ve been feeling completely awful. Every symptom that I’ve been feeling, they seemed to have an answer for. Like dizziness for example was explained by the body getting extra oxygen now that ciggie smoke isn’t being inhaled. Not only have I been feeling physically shitty, but I haven’t been feeling too hot mentally either. This week I’ve been so depressed. I’ve thought extensively about self harm which I haven’t done in over a year now, I’ve been irritable, lonely, and just straight up angry. As I continued to read through the quitsmokingsupport website, I was able to check off all of these emotions one by one on the list of symptoms. I’ll tell you what guys…this fucking sucks. Pardon my French, but seriously. I finally can understand now why people go back to smoking after a week or two of not doing it, because the withdrawal that I’m feeling is absolute torture. This entire week I’ve been bed ridden because it hurts to move. I’ve had crying fits for no reason whatsoever and I’ve been the biggest bitch in the world to my family. Quite frankly, I’m not sure how I’m going to not smoke once I feel good enough to leave the house. Now that I know that I’m feeling sick because of not smoking, it makes me want to go outside and light a cigarette up in the hopes of feeling better. Oh what a tangled web we weave. 😦

Does anyone have any suggestions on what they did to make their withdrawal symptoms more tolerable when they quit smoking? I’ve been taking aspirin through out the day to try and ease the aches and it hasn’t helped at all. I’ve also been drinking a lot of water and eating more than usual. I’ve been feeling SO hungry all the time these past few days, but I still can’t taste anything that I’ve been eating. If you have any tips or home remedies that were helpful to you, please let me know!!

How long did it take for your withdrawal symptoms to end? How long have you been a non smoker for and do you still crave cigarettes now? Please leave me a comment and let’s chat – I need all the help that I can get! Happy Friday! -Sarah

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