Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Teeth Whitening and Smoking

Dear Readers and Patients,

A patient of mine wanted to have bright and shiny teeth because his teeth had become yellow and had many stains. This patient has smoked about a pack of cigarettes a day and has drank a lot of coffee for many years.

During the examination, it became clear that there were not only surface stains on the teeth resulting from caffeine and tobacco, but these substances also entered deep into the structure of the teeth and have changed the colour.
Scaling and polishing were performed initially and then professional whitening. The colour of the teeth changed significantly.

After the professional whitening I recommended the use of whitening products such as toothpastes and rinses and of course, maintaining with bleaching products and custom trays at home.

This patient returned to my office two months later, and I was amazed by the look of the teeth. They had become even lighter and more transparent.


                               (Dr.Trenkova's records- Teeth whitening- after treatment)

The patient reduced the number of smoked cigarettes a day and coffee and continued to use a home bleaching system, a special toothpaste and mouthwash. He was strictly following the instructions for good oral hygiene.

You can see my post- Advices To My Patients For Good Oral Hygiene

My main advice to this patient and everyone who smokes is to make efforts to quit smoking (actually, more than 90% of my patients smoke cigarettes). 

Smoking is extremely harmful not only for your teeth but also for your health. Smoking not only discolorates the teeth, but also ruins the teeth, the gums and all tooth structures. It leads to oral diseases, oral cancer and various common diseases such as cardiovascular disease, lung diseases. Cigarette smoking causes most cases of lung cancer. ( I will talk about this in another post)

My Dear Readers, Be patient and persistent!

Persistence, will and, of course, action are always rewarded.

Take care of your health and smile and that of the people around you. And never forget to SMILE!

Faithfully yours,
Dr.Trenkova, DDM

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