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Smoking: A Real Drag On Your Health

Alexandria VA DentistWhen it comes to smoking, it is no secret that this habit is the cause of a myriad of negative effects on your health. Smokers and tobacco users are more likely to be affected by a wide range of diseases than those who do not use any type of tobacco. While many people associate lung cancer with smoking, there are oral health concerns that pose significant risks as well.

Periodontal disease and oral cancer are two extremely dangerous conditions that can be directly related to smoking and tobacco use. Both of these have the ability to not only destroy your oral health, but they also pose a significant risk to your overall health.

Periodontal disease is severe and irreversible gum disease that affects the gum tissues that surround and support the teeth. Gingivitis is the very first stage of gum disease, and at this stage it is still treatable and reversible. However, smoking inhibits the gums’ immunity, and gums that are affected by gingivitis can quickly lose their chance for recovery. Once periodontal disease sets in, the gums will be so severely damaged that the teeth will become loose, the mouth will require extensive treatment, and the likelihood that the teeth will fall out is very high. Smoking causes irreversible damage, and it is one of the leading causes of periodontal disease.

Oral cancer is another direct result of smoking and tobacco use. With every swig of a cigarette or every wad of chewing tobacco, a reaction occurs inside the mouth. The soft tissues inside the mouth become irritate and weakened from their immune fighting capabilities. With a weakened immunity mixed with the damage that tobacco causes, oral cancer becomes very prominent among tobacco users. The rest of the body is also vulnerable because the tissues inside the mouth are living tissues – with direct blood supplies that travel throughout the body. An infection inside the mouth can easily spread throughout the body, affecting all major organs and your life. 

Smoking and the use of tobacco products are a real drag on your health. At Green Dental of Alexandria, we want to partner with you to obtain a healthy mouth and a healthy life. We are more than happy to help you break the habit and to restore the health of your mouth. Contact our dental practice today to schedule an appointment with our dentist regarding how to stop smoking, stop tobacco use, and regain your health.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park, Green Dental of Alexandria

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1725 Duke St, Suite GR03
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 549-1725

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Patti B.
I had my first visit, for a routine cleaning. I am very impressed with the ease of scheduling an appointment, the convenience of appointments outside of ""regular"" business hours, the friendly staff and the thoroughness of the examination and cleaning procedure. Dr. Park was careful, compassionate, a good listener, and explained a lot about my teeth and her recommendations to care for my dental health moving forward. I am pleased and I look forward to being a long-term patient! Thanks Green Dental of Alexandria!
Roberto B.
Gold Stars on all fronts. The office is spotless, gives off a great vibe and has quiet soothing classical music playing. The front desk people are very warm and go above and beyond. Televisions are placed above the chairs so you can relax and watch TV while they work away under the hood. Dr. Park is very kind, thorough, and addressed all my concerns and questions.
Sure cleanings hurt a bit, but I actually look forward to them now!
Lauren K.
Best dental experience I've had in a long time. The reception/billing staff was friendly and helpful. The dental hygienists were gentle and knowledgeable. Dr Park was kind, thorough, and answered all of my questions. I'll be back!
Terry A.
Dr. Park has a wonderful manner with her patients! I feel very fortunate to have her as my dentist. Her hygienists and office staff are very competent and kind. I would go nowhere else.
Jennifer B.
I just had my first appointment at Green Dental and I couldn't be happier with their service. I tend to be nervous when going to the dentist, but all of the staff were very welcoming and nice. The exam chair massages your back as you're getting your cleaning and there's a television on the ceiling to distract you from dental work. The cleaning and evaluation was very gentle. Thanks, Green Dental!
Saletta C.
I've been a patient for 3.5 years. Today I got a tooth pulled. I am not proud of that. Dr. Park gave me options today that included allowing her to pull it or go see an Oral Surgeon. There was no way I was leaving her office when I trust her so much. I was nervous but I trust her more than anyone I've ever trusted to complete dental work. I am very found of Dr. Park and how caring and gentle her care is with each patient. I was equally impressed when I walked into her office today. Dr. Park was personally calling a patient just to see how he was doing after a visit. I joked with her about that .... what Dr. calls just to check on you anymore. Very nice. Very much appreciated.
Ranjana S.
I picked this because it was close and was impressed with the polite professionalism I encountered. Loved that I did not have to wait, but also loved the massage chair to relax tired back muscles. I felt the cost of procedures was a little on the high side...
Chantel L.
One of the best dental clinics I've been to thus far. I love the fact that they give an incentive (free tooth whitening) for good dental hygiene and their service is impeccable. I'm happy they actually went over the x-rays and pictures they took of my teeth to give more knowledge of what they look for in x-rays. I'm so happy I found them!
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