Smoking is the most
universal bad dental health habit!
Each day, more than 3,000 kids, over
one million a year, become regular smokers. One-third of them will die
prematurely from tobacco-related diseases. Several factors contribute to this
national health epidemic, including the roughly $5 billion tobacco companies
spend each year on advertising and marketing to attract new smokers. More than
30% of our population smokes or chews. This deadly addiction kills more than
400,000 Americans each year. More
than 90 % of all regular smokers began using tobacco at or before age 18!
students who smoke: 39%
Kids who become daily smokers each year: 8,100
Kids alive today who will die from smoking: 35,000
Number of illegally sold packs of cigarettes to kids: 1.7 Million*
Someone dies from oral cancer
every hour in the U.S.
life expectancy of people who smoke is decrease by 14 years.
What are the
consequences of smoking?
1. Smokers lose an average of
14 years of life due to their habit.
2. With every puff of cigarette you breath in 4,700 different chemicals.
3. Smoking turns your teeth yellow by leaving sticky tar deposits which can
also cause brown stains
4. Your fingernails turn yellow
5. Bad breath
6. Second hand smoke harms those around you
7. Smokerís palate (red inflammation of roof of the your mouth)
8. You are more likely to develop calculus, plaque that hardens on your teeth and
can only be removed during a professional cleaning.
Tobacco may also limit blood flow to gum tissue, restricting the necessary nutrients
to the bone and periodontal support of the teeth.
10. Increased risk and severity of gum recession and gum disease leading to
tooth and bone loss. Tooth loss in smokers occurs at a rate
of 2.9 teeth every 10 years for men and 1.5 teeth every 10 years for women
(two times the rate of tooth loss in nonsmokers). If you start smoking at
age 18 and smoke a pack a day, you could lose four to five teeth by the time you
11.Smoking delays healing after any dental treatment and can lead to a
condition know as dry socket after oral surgery
12. Black hairy tongue
13. Oral lesion.
14. Oral cancer of the mouth, pharynx, larynx and esophagus. Smoking
causes 75 % of all oral cancer. The
type of tobacco product used will dictate
where the oral cancer will be located.
15. Smoking before and
immediately after receiving periodontal therapy, bleaching, cosmetic dentistry,
or oral surgery is not recommended.
16. Smokeless tobacco use leads
to generalized early-onset periodontitis (gum disease) and an increased risk for
Loss of taste.
Less success with periodontal treatment and dental implants.
Tobacco use reduces the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to gingival
20. There are over 4,000
chemicals in cigarette smoke including: formaldehyde, carbon monoxide,
rate of tooth loss due to smoking is about 2.9 teeth every 10 years!
What Can You
1. Stop smoking and chewing
2. Regular checkups-every 3 months by your dentist for oral cancer examination and
3. Brush your teeth
using an ultrasonic toothbrush 2 times a day, especially in the
area where you chew, both before and after.
Most importantly brush before you go to bed. (You swallow 3,000 a day
while you are awake. Saliva helps
neutralize the acids in your mouth. You
only swallow about 30 times at night leaving your mouth dry and creating a great
environment for dental decay) Brush for 2 to 5 minutes, especially being careful
to thoroughly clean at the gum line. Use
a timer because most people only brush 20 sec!
4. Floss daily (only 33% of people floss). Try
the automatic flosser by Waterpik if
you do not floss regularly.
5. Use a mouthwash that is alcohol free and has a antibacterial agent in it, like BreathRX
Are you seriously
considering quitting in the next 30 days....If you say no you are
not ready to quit.
6. Do an oral cancer self examination by:
for any sores on your face, neck or mouth that do not heal within two weeks
bleeding in your mouth
red or dark patches in your mouth. Use
your fingers to pull out your cheek by taking your index finger on the inside of
your check and your thumb on the outside and gently squeeze and roll your check
with your fingers to check for these items, do this to both checks.
Look in a mirror at the roof of your mouth by tilting your head back and
with your mouth open looks for discoloration or lumps.
lumps or bumps on your lips, gums, or other areas in your mouth.
You can do this by pulling your lower dip down and look inside for any
sores or color changes and feel for lumps, do this with your upper lip too
pain or loss of feeling in any area of your mouth
your tongue and floor of your mouth. Pull
your tongue gently out and look at each side, top and underside for color
changes and feel for any lumps or swelling.
If you find anything unusual call us immediately and tell our
receptionist about your findings so she can get you in quickly.
average person takes 6 times before they are successful at
quitting smoking, but each time the success rate doubles.
Ask your doctor for Xyban plus patches plus gum ...this
is the most effective combination for medications for cessation of
Tom Hopkins' method on page 20 of "The Official Guide to
Success" is very likely to succeed. It takes about 4 weeks. You
should really read his explanation, it involves self instructions on 3x5
cards that you read 3 times a day.
Consider this: It's good that you did not use the
term quit, b/c most folks don't like to see themselves as quitters.
We change the focus from stopping to starting. This is the usual
dialogue we have:
Dr: "So when did you have your last cigarette?"
Pt: "About an hour ago"
Dr. "So you had your last cigarette at 1:30PM on November 18, 2005"
Pt: "Well yes"
Dr: "Now the question is do you really want to START." pause
"When did you first START smoking?"
Pt; "When I was 18 years old"
Dr: "If you knew then what you know now, would you have started smoking?
Pt: "Of course not... no way"
Dr. "So you had you LAST cigarette and hour ago, do you really want to
Greg IDF 11/05
Smoking remains the most important preventable cause of cancer
and heart disease in United States.
Tobacco Quitline Information
1-866-632-7848 for information, support and follow-up calls as
often as you need, anytime, day or night. Certified counselors will
develop a personalized "Quit Plan" to help you by setting specific
goals and target dates for quitting and strategies for starving off
cravings. Follow up calls are offered on a regular schedule to
provide ongoing support, advice and encouragement. There is no limit
to the number of follow up sessions or calls for support. All information
Smoking try this resource.
provide a complimentary cleaning to any patient who stops smoking.
more information on smoking and dental health visit the American
Use and Periodontal Disease