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Smoking: A Real Drag on Your Oral Health, Marietta

Smoking: A Real Drag on Your Oral Health

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The detrimental damages of smoking are no secret to most of the world. Smokers, as well as those who use any type of tobacco, are more likely to be affected by a myriad of diseases and a negatively impacted quality of life. Years and countless medical studies have revealed the direct links between tobacco use and devastating health effects, yet people continue to light up and chew tobacco. The fact that tobacco is a highly addictive substance only adds to the ill effects because of how hard it is for people to break the habit of using tobacco. However, choosing to overcome this addiction is extremely important for your health, which includes your oral health.

Negative effects of smoking and tobacco use do not limit themselves, yet there are some that are more obvious and well-known than others. For instance, it is no surprise to learn that smoking causes discoloration of the teeth. Tobacco is a staining agent, and when it is repeatedly introduced into the mouth it will leave behind evidence. Your smile is a very personal feature, and it will give people a lasting impression of your appearance and how well you take care of yourself. If your smile is discolored or stained, your personal and professional life can hang in the balance. Not to mention, that tobacco use also wreaks havoc on your breath. Every time you exhale, the foul odor or tobacco that has been mixed with the bacteria of your mouth is emitted into the air around you.

Lung cancer and breathing issues are also directly related to smoking. Every time you inhale from a cigarette or cigar you introduce dangerous chemicals into the lungs. These chemicals cause irreversible changes to the lung tissues, and over time these changes lead to lung cancer and lung disease.

However, your oral health is also extremely susceptible with any tobacco use. Smoking and chewing tobacco weaken the immunity of the oral tissues, and because tobacco irritates these tissues, disease easily sets in and destroys the mouth. Gums that become severely infected will develop periodontal disease, which is irreversible and causes tooth loss and will cause damage to the jaw bone if not properly treated. Oral cancer is prominent among smokers and tobacco users because the weakened immunity does not have the ability to ward off disease.

At Dental Care Center at Kennestone, we want to help you overcome the damage caused by tobacco use. We are here to help you break the habit and restore health to your mouth. Please contact us for an appointment today.

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Dental Care Center at Kennestone

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  • I absolutely love this dental experience. I used to dread having to make dental trips but since finding this office 4 years ago that took the dread away. From making the appointment, to visiting with the office staff. It's great. The Hygienist is very friendly. But that Dr. O,
    she is a ray of sunshine. Perfect bedside manner, concerning, caring, helpful, and so very positive. I do not have dental insurance and could go somewhere else that may be a tad cheaper but I wouldn't trade this dental office for the world. They feel more like family. Give them a try you won't regret it!

    Angie W.
  • I am very happy I came to this dental office! I tend to avoid going to the dentist because of past experiences, but my visit today was 10/10!! The dental hygienist, Kelly, and Dr. Buffington were so nice and thorough. I highly recommend! So happy I found a good and nice dental office finally!! :)

  • Always a great experience when I come in for cleanings or any work that has to be done. Special thanks to my hygienist Kelli for a good cleaning today and making me feel comfortable. Dr. Buffington is also terrific and very attentive. The entire staff will make you feel welcome and comfortable.

    Mark P.
  • I have been a patient here for many years. I’ve always had positive experiences. I especially like the Dental Hygenist “Callie”. She is just the best, always smiling and cheerful, just what you need at the Dentist. She is very experienced and I’ve learned a lot from her. All the Staff is very nice and polite and Dr Buffington is great also. I’ve had a lot of dental work done by her and never had a problem. She is very gentle and painless too!

    Nancy M.
  • The dentist, Dr. Buffington, hygienist, and staff were professional and efficient. Dr. Buffington provided an excellent explanation to my question so that I understood the situation. High recommend this dental practice.

    Don S.
  • Dr. Buffington has to be the kindest, most patient dentist in the world. The staff is amazingly attentive, non-judgemental and offers a very comforting experience. I appreciate how patient they are with me, a 44-year old that still cries and would rather give birth (without medication) than have dental work. I hope you catch my drift😉

    Adriennes B.
  • I really like Dr. Buffington. She gave me a plan that gives me hope about a TMJ issue. Everyone on the staff was professional and seemed genuinely caring. I would highly recommend the office.

    It’s a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and they don’t try to sell you on things you don’t need.

    Donna D.
  • I highly recommend this dental practice. They took prompt and amazing care of me to address a TMJ episode. Dr. Buffington and all employees I encountered were professional, friendly, caring and knowledgeable. They set me on the path of recovery and have earned my respect and business going forward. How refreshing to engage with a business that truly understands customer service.

    Ronni P.