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The Effects of Tobacco and Nicotine On Your Dental Health

Cypress TX dentalWe all know that tobacco use is bad for our health. However, many people forget that smoking cigarettes and cigars or chewing tobacco is destructive to our dental health as well. Tobacco and nicotine affect the entire oral health system, by  increasing risks for infections like gum disease and potentially deadly conditions such as oral cancer. Abstaining from tobacco use is advantageous to your overall wellbeing and dental health. If you do use tobacco or nicotine of any kind, bring this up with our dentist at your next appointment. This way, we can consider your lifestyle habits when we perform oral checkups and dental cleanings.

Tobacco and Your Gums

Tobacco products contain very inflammatory and irritating ingredients. For instance, cigarettes have hundreds of chemicals and carcinogens mixed in their formulas. The irritating nature of smoke and byproducts from smokeless tobacco can negatively affect soft oral tissues—especially the gums. Tobacco products contribute to gum disease by inflaming the gingiva. Inflamed gingiva is more prone to becoming diseased. Moreover, gums recede from teeth when inflamed. Gum recession exposes the roots of teeth to debris and bacteria that contribute to dental caries.

Gum Disease and Your Dental Health

Periodontal (gum) disease is one of the most common and severe threats to oral health. Those who smoke or chew tobacco have an increased risk for developing periodontal disease. Gum disease is the most common culprit behind tooth loss. This is because this condition destroys the gums and bone, and both of these structures support teeth. Lastly, periodontal disease involves a serious oral infection that can enter the bloodstream. Recent studies have shown that gum disease might contribute to cardiovascular problems, stroke, and impaired immunity.

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is serious health condition. Since tobacco products contain carcinogens, those who use tobacco increase their risks for developing malignancies in the oral cavity. Since early detection is important for protecting one’s health, we recommend that patients have annual oral cancer screenings.

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Sleep Apnea: Looking for a CPAP alternative?

sleep apnea Cypress TXHave you been diagnosed with sleep apnea? Are you wondering what your treatment options are? Some patients with sleep apnea are hesitant to seek treatment because they do not want to use bulky or loud machinery like CPAP devices. While CPAP is sometimes an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), it is not always ideal. Fortunately, there are alternatives to CPAP. One method that our dentist prescribes for OSA treatment is oral appliance therapy.

What is oral appliance therapy?

Oral appliance therapy is a treatment option for sleep apnea that does not involve the use of medical-grade machinery. Instead, patients wear a custom-made appliance that fits inside the mouth like a mouthguard. The way an oral appliance works is by positioning the lower jaw forward. By positioning the jaw forward, the diameter of the airway is widened. This can help prevent tissues from blocking the airway while a patient with apnea is sleeping.

What is CPAP, exactly?

CPAP stands for “continuous positive airway pressure”. What this means is that a device streams air into the oral cavity through a small face mask to keep the airway open. CPAP has been used to treat sleep apnea for quite some time and for many people, it can be effective at improving one’s breathing during sleep.

Which treatment is better for sleep apnea?

CPAP and oral appliance therapy present different benefits. Moreover, not all treatment protocols work the same for all people. Regarding oral appliance therapy, however, patients enjoy this treatment option because they do not have to worry about the noise emitted by machinery or its portability when they are not at home. CPAP machines and their pieces require more intensive cleaning that an oral appliance as well.

If you are trying to determine the right treatment for sleep apnea, we recommend consulting with our dentist. Our team can help you decide if oral appliance therapy meets your needs.

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