If you live and breathe on this planet of ours, then you have been exposed to the media and their on-going reports about the effects of smoking on general overall health. And, most likely, you have also been exposed to the toxic contaminants contained in cigarette, cigar and pipe smoke — whether it is from the cigarettes, cigars or pipes that you personally smoke or from the smoking of others. You don’t have to go very far to see or hear some media report on the effects of that smoke on the human body. You probably don’t have to go very far to find people who have suffered some of the maladies that have been positively linked to smoking — heart attacks, strokes, various types of cancers, etc. Today, we are going to talk about how smoking specifically affects your oral health.
I recently read an article from the ADA News that talked about this subject and, in that article, they gave some examples of people who had suffered some of the side effects of smoking in different areas of their lives. Here are the examples they gave:
- Amanda: aged 30 years is a female who smoked during her pregnancy. Her baby was born prematurely — by two months! After the premature birth, the baby spent weeks in an incubator.
- Shawn: this 50 year old male now has to breathe through an opening in his throat as a result of smoking- related cancer.
- Brian: This man is 45 years old, HIV positive and a former smoker. This terribly harmful combination caused his blood vessels to become clogged and a stroke was his result.
- Terrie: We really don’t want to forget her. This 53 year old female died last fall as a result of smoking-related cancer.
As you can readily see from these examples, the horror stories resulting from smoking don’t necessarily contain themselves to a specific gender nor do they contain themselves to any specific age group. I believe, if you dig deeper into the histories, I am confident that you will find that no particular economic status or any particular job or walk of life has the corner on the market either. The ravages of smoking to the human body just don’t care who you are, what you do for a living or what your gender — the deadly process just goes on and on!
CDC Anti-Smoking Campaign
The article that I read talked about the CDC’s anti-smoking campaign that launched on July 7, 2014 and it focuses on the periodontal outcomes from smoking. Do I have your attention yet? Periodontal diseases as side effects aren’t usually discussed or even thought of when the subject of health issues that have been linked with smoking comes up. The CDC has been collecting some pretty powerful stories from former smokers since they launched the initial campaign in 2012 and they are sharing these stories in the hope that people will become more aware and will steer clear of this deadly and addicting habit before it’s too late.
Come back next week and we will talk more about what they are doing to help increase public awareness. In the meantime, if you smoke, please consider quitting. Your Periodontist on Long Island can help to identify and treat any existing gum and periodontal disease in any member of your family. He can help you achieve and maintain a healthier mouth with on-going continued care. Call Dr. Scharf at (631)661-6633 or visit him on the web at http://drscharf.com and let him tell you how he can treat gum disease with a laser instead of a scalpel.