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What You Need to Know about Nicotine and Cavities

February 14, 2018
Posted By: Dr Kai Xu
Dentist with X-Rays | Sparkle Dental Care

Nicotine has long been associated with an increased risk for oral disease – both periodontal disease and an increased risk of oral cancer. In addition to the risks inside your mouth, periodontal disease impacts the entire body.

A recent study published in the Journal of Dental Science discovered a link between nicotine use, both in smoking and chewing tobacco, and an increased risk of dental caries (decay).

As it turns out, nicotine encourages bacteria to attach to exposed roots of the teeth, such as in instances of gum recession. 

Quitting smoking will likely improve many aspects of health. Though it can be a tough habit to give up, more help exists today than ever. In addition to seeking advice from your Bayside, VIC dentist, Australia has a helpful QuitNow website for additional resources.

Fighting Dental Decay

Dental decay is one of the most common preventable conditions in both adults and children. Customised preventive dentistry is the key to good oral health and an attractive smile.

  • Dental exams
  • Scale and Polish
  • Routine cleans
  • Diagnostic x-rays
  • Fluoride application
  • Fissure sealants

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that strengthens and remineralises the protective enamel covering the teeth. Fissure sealants protect the deep grooves of the teeth with a protective, tooth-colored barrier.

Consuming a healthy diet is essential to good oral health and overall wellness. Limiting sugar and sugary drinks will contribute to proper prevention.

If you need tooth fillings and you live in the Bayside, VIC area, we provide comfortable treatment and durable restorations that blend in with your natural teeth.

Our dentists will treat you conservatively and always provide all treatment options so that you can choose what works best for your smile.

We Welcome New Patients

To learn more about tooth fillings near Bayside, VIC or to arrange your next appointment, we welcome you to give us a call.