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E-Cigarettes - Healthier for the Lungs But Not Your Oral Health
Quit Smoking
Have you noticed this sudden change from regular cigarette smoking to the use of electronic cigarettes? It is something that we all have to be aware of because although it may prove healthier for our lungs, on the flip side, it could still be causing harm to our oral health.

It's not the huffing and puffing on traditional and electronic cigarettes that affects your oral health, but the chemicals and ingredients in those products, particularly your oral health. Nicotine is found in both electronic and traditional cigarettes, and it is the one that has a huge impact on health. Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor, meaning that after consuming it, it tends to reduce the flow of blood via your veins in the body, including the gum tissues.

Without an adequate flow of blood, the gums cannot stay healthy since they don't get the necessary amount of oxygen and nutrients required for them to remain healthy. As such, you could develop oral issues like gingivitis, bad breath, periodontitis, and shifting teeth when the gums become unhealthy. Additionally, nicotine as a stimulant can cause your muscles to move and twitch when they are not supposed to be. This increased muscle movement could lead to teeth grinding, which eventually contributes to cracked teeth, pain, and tooth loss.

Don't assume that e-cigarettes are the safest products for your health, especially dental health. They are not, and before you realize it, you may find they have caused a lot of dental harm. Talk to us about the benefits of breaking your habit of using e-cigarettes.

How to Get Through a Root Canal Procedure
If you have ever had a toothache and ignored it, hoping that it will go away in time, you might have to go through a root canal procedure at the dentist's office. If the pain does not go away after three days or more, get the tooth checked out to be safe. Since root canal is often feared as it is believed to be one of the most painful dental procedures, you can ask your dentist how they will go about the procedure to ensure you do not feel any pain.

Your dentist will probably give you a local anesthetic before beginning treatment. This ensures that you do not feel any pain during your root canal procedure. It will also make you fall asleep quickly, leaving enough time for your dentist to complete treatment before your allotted time is up. To learn more about how a root canal procedure can be helpful for you, visit us today.

The Importance of Routine Teeth Cleanings
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Cleaning the teeth is a preventive dentistry procedure that helps keep the teeth from bacteria, tartar, and plaque. It helps ensure the teeth remain shiny and bright. Professional teeth cleaning helps prevent gum disease and reduce bad breath. During the cleaning process, a dentist can detect signs of oral cancer.

Additionally, teeth cleanings help reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease as well as diabetes. It reduces the danger of developing cavities and allows the dentist to check for other oral issues such as a bad bite and TMJ.

Come to our dental office to get your teeth cleaned thoroughly to prevent these oral problems and promote good health of the body.

Dr. Woods and his highly trained team would love to hear from you and answer your questions. Simply click the "submit question" link below this message. Referrals are appreciated.

Woods Family Dentistry | woodsfamilydentistry.com | (541) 926-8611
1044 29th Ave SW, Albany, OR 97321



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