Did you know that the day you quit smoking your blood pressure and pulse rate fall, and the temperature of your hands and feet improves. Within the first eight hours of putting out a cigarette oxygen and carbon monoxide levels in your blood stream return to normal, and within the first 48 hours of quitting your risk of heart attack decreases dramatically. Dentists in NW Calgary – at Ranchlands Dental Clinic – strive to help patients reach an optimum level of dental and overall health and focus on bringing awareness to how making different life style choices can increase your level of health and life expectancy.
Statistics show that smokers are six times more likely to develop gum disease than non-smokers due to a weakened immune system that is unable to fight off infection. Gum disease is result of a buildup of bacteria found in plaque that causes gums to become irritated and inflamed when the bacteria is not removed through daily brushing and flossing. Inflamed gums left untreated will recede from teeth, creating pockets where more plaque and bacteria can gather. When bacteria is present below the gumline bone and dental ligaments are also affected – and over time bone levels also recede, making teeth loose and prone to premature loss. The effects of smoking dries the mouth and weakens the immune system which contributes to the development of plaque – and the vasoactive and cytotoxic nature of nicotine leads to fibrous, necrotic gum tissue, and periodontal attachments.
The good news is that your Dentist in NW Calgary is able to provide support and tools for quitting smoking and can monitor the expected increase improvement to your oral health once cigarettes become a part of your history. Regular cleanings with your Calgary Hygienist is one of the best things you can do for your health and teeth – regardless of whether you smoke or not. When a hygienist removes plaque and calculus from the surface of teeth bacteria that lives in plaque is removed – and along with it the source for gum and bone irritation. Whether you’re trying to quit smoking, or have no plans to throw your cigarettes in the garbage – maintaining healthy teeth and gums will help reduce the risk of other physical ailments, so contact a NW Calgary Dentist today.