TLC Tobacco Cessation Program
Smoking and all forms of tobacco use lead to a long list of dental problems, including:
- Cancer of the lips, tongue, mouth, throat, and voice box
- Periodontal disease, the major cause of tooth loss
- Increased loss of bone within the jaw
- Increased buildup of plaque, tartar, and calculus
- Increased risk of gum recession
- Increased risk of tooth decay
- Increased risk of root canal treatments
- Increased risk of tooth sensitivity
- Increased risk of canker sores
- Increased risk of leukoplakia, white patches inside the mouth
- Increased risk of sleep apnia
- Exacerbation of dry mouth (xerostomia)
- Delayed healing following tooth extraction, periodontal treatment, and oral surgery
- Lower success rate of dental implant procedures
- Tooth enamel loss
- Tooth and tongue discoloration
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Diminished sense of taste and smell
This list extends to an even longer list of problems throughout the body that may result in chemotherapy and organ removal. And the list further extends to one of adverse affects on children, unborn children, family members, and friends.
The Hold of Tobacco
Mark Twain once said: “Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it a thousand times.” Quitting the use of tobacco is, of course, not easy because all forms of it: cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and smokeless, contain nicotine that is capable of causing addiction and dependence.
TLC Tobacco Cessation Assistance
TLC Dental is well positioned to assist you in quitting the use of tobacco because its ill effects often appear first in the mouth. We can offer you a wealth of resources provided by the American Dental Association to counter tobacco use and we can develop a program to fit your personal needs, including prescriptive medications and referrals to local support groups and specialists in anti-tobacco treatment.
For definitions related to tobacco cessation consult Dr. Rothenberg’s Dental Dictionary.