We are the oldest existing practice in Avondale Heights & have been part of the community for over 30 years.
We are located at 45 Military Rd in Avondale Heights.
Nicotine in tobacco reduces blood flow to the gums & bone. This means that smoking can mask the signs of disease & also reduces the body's ability to combat any infection.
Nicotine also affects saliva. Smokers often have a thicker, more viscous saliva which is not as effective in protecting teeth from acid attack. So often patients who smoke can have decayed teeth despite the fact that they may brush their teeth well
Chemicals in smoke combined with plaque bacteria affect the health of the gums & supporting bone around teeth. As such smokers are 6 times more likely to have serious gum disease. This may lead to loose teeth that eventually will need to be extracted.
Smoking though, can hide the signs of gum disease for many years & only once it has become advanced does the person become aware of it.
Besides causing damage to the teeth & gums, smoking is still the biggest risk factor for contracting oral cancer.
If you are concerned about a lesion in your mouth or on your lips it is imperative that you see your health professional to get it checked out as the consequences of leaving a lesion could be fatal