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POST-SUPERBOWL ANGST affordable beavercreek dentist/emergency dental

by Lee Anne Austria on February 9, 2017 , Comments Off on POST-SUPERBOWL ANGST affordable beavercreek dentist/emergency dental

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maxresdefaultWow…that was some game the other night!  A halftime show featuring…drones!  And oh yes, a certain superstar who jumped off the roof into the stadium and even more amazingly…DIDN’T LIP-SYNC!!  Pretty impressive.  I, however, missed the beer commercials with the cute puppies so I’m making up for it here.  If you’re feeling depressed about the outcome of the game and/or the fact that we have 5 more weeks until spring, I’m here to help:  By making a few simple adjustments to your diet, you can elevate your mood and boost your metabolism.  The benefits are potentially huge! Maintaining a good mood will help you stick to a healthy diet, be more productive, and increase your self-esteem.  Keeping in mind that we are a Complete Health Dentistry practice, here are seven simple tips to help you optimize your diet to boost mood and metabolism.

  1. Resist Skipping Meals – Skipping or missing a meal can cause a dip in your blood sugar, leading to crankiness and lethargy.  Maintain your blood sugar levels, and your energy by eating small amounts of food throughout the day.  You might even prefer eating six smaller meals rather than three large ones.
  2. Stay Hydrated – This is a biggie.  Dehydration can make you feel sluggish and lethargic.  Be sure to drink (water, not beer) throughout the day and don’t rely on thirst alone to remind you to have another glass of water.  Some experts say the average person needs about eight glasses of water daily, and that may be hard to accomplish without reminders.
  3. Think Moderation, Especially for Low-Nutrient Foods – Avoid a lot of caffeine, refined carbohydrates (sugar), alcohol, salt, and other food additives.  Any of these, especially in large amounts, can decrease your metabolic efficiency.  Which basically means this:  TOO MANY CARBS = RUSH =>CRASH/FATIGUE.  In addition, excess salt can disrupt your fluid balance, changing your daily water needs, not to mention increasing health risks like high blood pressure.
  4. Strive for Balance in the Food You Eat – In general, a healthy diet includes a mix of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and some protien, but each person has inidivudaul needs based on age, sex, physical activity level, body size, and stress factors.  You can consult with a nutritionist to determine the best combination for you to help you find the right balance.
  5. Get a Boost From “Good Mood” Food – While research about the mood- and metabolism-boosting qualities of certain foods is mixed, foods high in the amino acid tryptophan have been found to increase seratonin levels in the brain, contributing to feelings of optimism and calm.  Bananas, avocados, dried apricots, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds fall into this category.  Foods rich in Omega-3 fats can help help elevate mood and reduce anxiety and depression (salmon, mackerel, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds.)
  6. Keep a Food Diary – Some foods can have the opposite effect of tryptophan and instead trigger negative changes in mood and cause irritability or headaches.  A food diary can help.  If you think a particular food might be affecting your mood, record everything you eat each day and how you feel before and after every meal.  After two weeks, review your entries to see if any foods line up with specific moods either good or bad.
  7. Exercise Exercise Exercise – So important!  Now we’re not talking about running marathons here.  But a moderate and regular exercise routine will keep your body working most effectively and will augment both your mood and metabolism.

I hope this helps you get through the rest of the winter.  The key message is balance.  A variety of healthy foods with a dose of exercise will help you maintain your energy, speed up your metabolism, and boost your mood.

Until next time!

(reprinted in part from jessicafaissal.com/health-articles-archive)

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HALLOWEEN CANDY BUY-BACK! (dentist beavercreek/affordable dentist beavercreek)

by Lee Anne Austria on October 31, 2016 , Comments Off on HALLOWEEN CANDY BUY-BACK! (dentist beavercreek/affordable dentist beavercreek)

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doghalloweenIt’s that time of year again…ghosts and goblins knocking on the door, warm apple cider, and sugar highs!  And that means it’s time for our Halloween Candy Buy-Back!  We will be accepting candy on Thursday, November 3rd from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at our office and we will reimburse you $1.00/pound up to $5.00.  All candy we receive will be donated to a local charity.  This is a great way to eliminate the temptation to raid your child’s candy stash and at the same time, support our local community!

Questions?  Call us!  And if you’re out and about tonight, have fun, stay, safe, and beware of clowns!

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by Lee Anne Austria on September 15, 2016 , Comments Off on WE’VE BEEN PLAYED beavercreek dentist/beavercreek cosmetic dentistry

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sugarAs a total wellness practice we are concerned with not only your oral health but the health of your entire body.  So that is why this article we ran across grabbed our attention.  Yesterday, documents published in a major medical journal reveal that the sugar industry has been, shall we say, less than forthcoming.  As in for decades.  The documents show  that the sugar industry paid scientists to downplay the effect of sugar on our health.  Back in the 60’s research started to link sugary diets with the country’s high rate of heart disease.  Turns out the sugar industry paid researchers to publish findings that would shift the blame to fats.  Then along came our decades-long obsession with low-fat diets, and food companies pumping products with sugar (and salt) so that they still tasted good.  The article states “The revelations are important because the debate about the relative harms of sugar and saturated fat continues today…For many decades, health officials encouraged Americans to reduce their fat intake, which led many people to consume low-fat high-sugar foods that some experts now blame for fueling the obesity crisis.”  Heart disease is the #1 killer in America and newer (and hopefully valid) research shows that sugar and fat are both to blame for the country’s health issues.  So put down that doughnut and click here to read the entire article.

(reprinted in part from www.theSkimm.com)

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TO FLOSS OR NOT TO FLOSS – A MESSAGE FROM AN EXPERT (Beavercreek Dentist/Dentist Beavercreek/Affordable Dentist Beavercreek)

by Lee Anne Austria on August 16, 2016 , Comments Off on TO FLOSS OR NOT TO FLOSS – A MESSAGE FROM AN EXPERT (Beavercreek Dentist/Dentist Beavercreek/Affordable Dentist Beavercreek)

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As evident by the numerous numbers of patients who have asked me this question during the last couple of weeks, obviously the news story stating there are no benefits to flossing was heard/read by many, many people.  I have to hand it to our media (and we already know this,) they sure know how to twist a story to make news!

Apparently the federflossal government has been recommending flossing since 1979, but when recently asked by The Associated Press to provide the scientific evidence of flossing’s benefits, the government quietly slipped the recommendation out of its latest dietary guidelines.  When the AP followed up, the government confessed that the effectiveness of flossing had not actually been researched to the extent required.  The AP then hit the stands with the message that flossing isn’t necessary because the government no longer listed it in its guidelines.

This article is not really about the ineffectiveness of flossing but having the proper supporting to research to legally make the recommendation in the federal government’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans report from the surgeon general.  In order to include flossing as part of the guidelines the law states there must be evidenced based science to support it.  When the flossing literature was reviewed the studies were weak, poorly done, unreliable, biased, very low quality or lacked efficacy and it was decided the available scientific evidence was not really there.

As a practitioner of 30 years, currently working with 4 associate doctors and ten dental hygienists, we evaluate the periodontal health of many people every single day.  Our responsibility is to evaluate for the presence of gum inflammation and disease.  Comprehensive and very costly studies wanted by the government aside, it is easy for us to determine for most patients who has been flossing, or more importantly, who hasn’t, by the condition and health of their gums.

The fact of unavailable evidence should not be confused with the concept that it is not worthwhile to clean in between your teeth.  The government simply said the research to prove the effectiveness of flossing has not been done to satisfaction and if flossing is going to be listed in the Guidelines, the supporting research needs to be there.  So the press did what they do best; take a nothing story and twist the words a bit to create a media splash that suggests to the world that something we thought to be helpful is a waste of time.  It is ultimately your call to floss or not, but if you don’t manage your biofilm load (a fancy phrase for oral bacteria,) and if you are disease susceptible, rest assured your health WILL suffer.  For me, I floss because I want to closely manage my periodontal health.  Regardless of what the media says, it will remain a part of my every day regimen.

Dr. Gregory J. Austria, Owner and Founder of the Brilliant Smiles Dental Offices

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DIABETES, DIET, AND DECAY (as in TOOTH DECAY) affordable beavercreek dentist/dentist greene county

by Lee Anne Austria on August 2, 2016 , Comments Off on DIABETES, DIET, AND DECAY (as in TOOTH DECAY) affordable beavercreek dentist/dentist greene county

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diabetesDIABETICS SUSCEPTIBLE TO GUM INFECTIONS

If you are one of the 16 million Americans with diabetes, you’re probably aware that the disease can cause problems with your eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart, and other parts of your body.  What you may not know is that diabetics are more susceptible to developing oral infections and gum (periodontal) disease than those who do not have diabetes.

DIET AND TOOTH DECAY

Your teeth are covered with plaque, a sticky film of bacteria.  After you have a meal, snack, or beverage that contains sugars or starches, the bacteria release acids that attack tooth enamel. Repeated attacks can cause the enamel to break down and may eventually result in cavities.  When diabetes is not controlled properly, high glucose levels in saliva may help bacteria and plaque thrive.  Plaque that is not removed can eventually harden into tartar.  When tartar collects on your teeth, it makes a thorough cleaning of your teeth more difficult, which can lead to chronic inflammation and infection in the mouth.  According to the American Academy of Periodontology, people with diabetes are more likely to have gum disease than people without diabetes. Researchers think this is because diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection.  The gums are among the tissues likely to likely to be affected.  Gum disease is often linked to the control of diabetes.  For example, patients with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes appear more likely to develop gum disease than patients who have good control of their diabetes.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • Reduce or eliminate sugars and starches from your diet, eat healthy foods, and exercise regularly.
  • Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and clean once a day between your teeth with floss or an interdental cleaner to remove decay-causing plaque.
  • Keep teeth and gums strong by keeping track of blood sugar levels.  Also, have your triglyceride and cholesterol levels monitored.
  • Treat dental infections immediately.  Diabetics who combine good dental care with insulin control typically have a better chance of avoiding gum disease.
  • Provide your medical and oral health histories to both your medical and dental care providers.

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(Reprinted in part from http://www.nedelta.com/Patients/Oral-Health-Education/Oral-Health-Update/Diet-Diabetes-and-Tooth-Decay)

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TOOTH TRAUMA – ACCIDENTS HAPPEN BUT ACTING QUICKLY CAN SAVE SMILES! affordable beavercreek dentist/emergency dental

by Lee Anne Austria on July 26, 2016 , Comments Off on TOOTH TRAUMA – ACCIDENTS HAPPEN BUT ACTING QUICKLY CAN SAVE SMILES! affordable beavercreek dentist/emergency dental

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According to the 2013 Delta Dental Children’s Oral Health Survey, 1 out of 10 children ages 10 or 11 has had a tooth emergency such as a knocked-out tooth, chipped tooth, or a loosened permanent tooth at home or at school.  “Dental emergencies can range from biting the lip or tongue to more severe cases such as a completely knocked-out tooth, chipped tooth, or a loosened permanent tooth,”  says Dr. Shannon Mills, DDS, vice president for professional relations and science at Northeast Delta Dental.  “It is important that caretakers and family members know how to react quickly to a dental emergency, especially in the case of a permanent tooth that has been knocked out.”

The primary concern should be getting the child in to see a dentist.  Time is crucial if you want the dentist to be able to reinsert and salvage the natural tooth.  Ideally, a child needs to be seen within 30 minutes of the accident.  Whether a tooth is knocked out at school,home, or while participating in a sport, here are several steps to ensure it is saved – or at least in optimal condition – by the time the child sees the dentist.

  • First check to make sure the child does not have a serious head, neck, or other orofacial injury (i.e. a concussion, broken jaw, etc.)  If there is a head, jaw, or neck injury, take the child to the emergency room immediately.
  • Do not replace a displaced baby tooth!  Trying to reinsert it could damage the permanent tooth coming in behind it.
  • To avoid infection, the tooth should be held by the crown, not the root.  The crown is the part of the tooth that is visible while it is in the mouth.  You want to leave the root intact, and touching it with your hands could pass bacteria.
  • Rinse any debris off the tooth under room temperature water.  Do not scrub the root!  Once the tooth is free of loose dirt and debris, try to reinsert it, asking them child to hold it in place using a piece of gauze if necessary.
  • If the tooth cannot be successfully reinserted, it needs to stay moist until the child can see a dentist.  Store the tooth in a clean container and cover it with milk or room temperature water to help prevent it from drying out.l  These liquids are not ideal, but are often the only ones readily available.
  • If you are a school nurse or your child frequently plays contact sports, purchase an emergency bag that includes a “save-a-tooth” kit (available at most drugstores.)  These contain a solution that is better at preserving any live cells on the tooth root until the dentist can put the tooth back into the socket.

Tooth injuries are not life threatening in most cases; however, they can be very scary especially to a young child and sometimes they can have long-lasting effects on the child’s appearance and self-confidence, so it is important to act quickly in the event of a dental emergency.

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EATING DISORDERS: A COMPLEX COMPULSION YOUR DENTIST CAN SPOT dentist in beavercreek

by Lee Anne Austria on July 19, 2016 , Comments Off on EATING DISORDERS: A COMPLEX COMPULSION YOUR DENTIST CAN SPOT dentist in beavercreek

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​An eating disorder is a complex compulsion to eat in a way that disturbs physical, mental, and psychological health.  The 3 most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.  The eating may be excessive (compulsive over-eating); restrictive, or may include normal eating punctuated with episodes of purging (such as self-induced vomiting, use of laxatives, fasting, diuretics, or diet pills.)  The eating may include cycles of binging and purging, or may encompass the ingesting of non-foods (such as dirt, clay, or chalk.)  Each of these disorders rob

eating-disorders1s the body of adequate minerals, vitamins, proteins, and other nutrients needed for good health and may cause injury to teeth, muscles, and major organs.  Obviously, a serious issue that should be addressed.

“Eating disorders have serious implications for oral health and overall health”, says Shannon Mills, DDS, Vice President of Professional Relations and Science at Northeast Delta Dental.  “Stomach acids can damage teeth with repeated exposures during purging for those with bulimia nervosa.  For those with anorexia nervosa, which is characterized by self-induced starvation, poor nutrition can affect oral health by increasing the risk for periodontal (gum) diseases.”

As many as 35 million men, women, and children suffer from eating disorders in the United States.  Dentists are becoming the first line of defense when it comes to detecting eating disorders in patients, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. For example, although parents may not recognize that their child is anorexic or bulimic, they are often still taking the child to a dentist on a regular schedule and the dentist may spot the oral signs of the disease.

Bad breath, sensitive teeth, and eroded tooth enamel are just a few of the signs that dentists use to determine whether a patient suffers from an eating disorder.  Other signs include teeth that are worn and appear almost translucent, mouth sores, dry mouth, cracked lips, bleeding gums, and tender mouth, throat, and salivary glands.

According to the National Eating Disorders Association, studies have found up to 89 percent of bulimic patients have signs of tooth erosion due to the effects of stomach acid.  Over time, this loss of tooth enamel can be considerable, and the teeth change color, shape, and length.  If you suspect or have been told that a family member could have an eating disorder don’t wait.  Seek care from a professional to help manage this illness.

On a lighter note, remember it is NEVER to late to fix your smile.  Visit our Website to learn about all of the options we provide.  And we are VERY social!  Visit our Facebook Page, Pinterest Page, and our Google + Page for a wealth of information on all things Dental, with some humor thrown in for good measure!

(Reprinted in part from the website:  www.nedelta.com/oral-health-and-wellness/adult)

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WHEN REST ISN’T SO EASY affordable dentist beavercreek

by Lee Anne Austria on May 24, 2016 , Comments Off on WHEN REST ISN’T SO EASY affordable dentist beavercreek

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sleep apneaIt is estimated that 87 million people snore in America – that’s two thirds of the population.  It’s an even bigger problem when you consider secondary snoring, and the effect that can have on spouses, and other family members who have to listen.  Snoring disrupts sleep which can cause depression, irritability, sexual dysfunction, learning and memory difficulties, and falling asleep while working or driving.  Snoring and sleep apnea should be treated as quickly as possible.

WHAT CAUSES SNORING AND SLEEP APNEA?

Snoring and sleep apnea occur when the soft tissue structures of the upper airway collapse onto themselves.  The snoring sound is caused by the vibration of these tissues.  The complete closure of the airway causing the individual to stop breathing is called an “Apnea Event.”  The causal factors may be:

  • Structural – A narrow jaw, a large tongue, enlarged tonsils, enlarged adenoids, a thick soft palate, small nasal valves, or a crooked septum.
  • Outside Causes – Allergies, over consumption of alcohol, sedatives, smoking, disruption of normal sleep patterns, or decreased lung capacity (can be caused by obesity.)

SOME SCARY STATISTICS

  • 67% of the general population snores.
  • 20 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea.
  • 85% of people who have suffered a stroke have obstructive sleep apnea.
  • 30% of the hypertensive population has sleep apnea.
  • 44% of ED patients have obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Untreated sleep apnea increases the risk of cardiovascular mortality 5 times.
  • Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with pulmonary hypertension and right ventricular failure.

If you experience interruptions of deep sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, grinding of your teeth, headaches, and complaints of snoring from family members, WE CAN HELP.  Call our office at 937-429-3880 or visit our website to make an appointment for a consultation.

A BETTER NIGHT’S SLEEP AND A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE ARE POSSIBLE.

WE CAN HELP!

(Reprinted in part from information obtained from Steven Lambert, DDS, Diplomate, ABDSM and Sleep Joy International, LLC.)

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SNORING – IT’S NOTHING TO YAWN ABOUT (affordable dentist beavercreek/dentist greene county

by Lee Anne Austria on May 16, 2016 , Comments Off on SNORING – IT’S NOTHING TO YAWN ABOUT (affordable dentist beavercreek/dentist greene county

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snore“Do I snore?”  “Do I have sleep apnea?”  Maybe your family knows the answers to these questions.  Recently, Dr. Hodge attended a seminar in Rochester, New York:  Contemporary Solutions in Dental Sleep Medicine.  She is very excited to be able to assist patients and their physicians in diagnosing and treating this problem – a problem that can pose significant risks to health and well-being.

It is estimated that 87 million people snore in America – that’s two thirds of the population.  It’s an even bigger problem when you consider secondary snoring, and the effect that can have on spouses, and other family members who have to listen.  Snoring disrupts sleep which can cause depression, irritability, sexual dysfunction, learning and memory difficulties, and falling asleep while working or driving.  Snoring and sleep apnea should be treated as quickly as possible.

WHAT CAUSES SNORING AND SLEEP APNEA?

Snoring and sleep apnea occur when the soft tissue structures of the upper airway collapse onto themselves.  The snoring sound is caused by the vibration of these tissues.  The complete closure of the airway causing the individual to stop breathing is called an “Apnea Event.”  The causal factors may be:

  • Structural – A narrow jaw, a large tongue, enlarged tonsils, enlarged adenoids, a thick soft palate, small nasal valves, or a crooked septum.
  • Outside causes –   Allergies, over consumption of alcohol, sedatives, smoking, disruption of normal sleep patterns or decreased lung capacity (can be caused by obsesity.)

SOME SCARY STATISTICS:

  • 67% of the general population snores.
  • 20 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea.
  • 85% of people who have suffered a stroke have obstructive sleep apnea.
  • 30% of the hypertensive population has sleep apnea.
  • 44% of ED patients have obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Untreated sleep apnea increases the risk of cardiovascular mortality 5 times.
  • Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with pulmonary hypertension and right ventricular failure.

 If you experience interruptions of deep sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, grinding of your teeth, headaches, and complaints of snoring from family members, WE CAN HELP.  Call our office at 937-429-3880 or email us to make an appointment for a consultation.

A BETTER NIGHT’S SLEEP AND A HEALTHIER LIFE ARE POSSIBLE

WE CAN HELP!

(Reprinted in part from information obtained from Steven Lambert, DDS, Diplomate, ABDSM and Sleep Joy International, LLC.)

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SMOKING AND YOUR ORAL HEALTH – THE 411 (affordable dentist beavercreek)

by Lee Anne Austria on May 9, 2016 , Comments Off on SMOKING AND YOUR ORAL HEALTH – THE 411 (affordable dentist beavercreek)

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Most of us know smoking is bad…bad for overall health, bad for those who hang out with smokers (second-hand smoke), bad during pregnancy, bad for your lungs, bad since nicotine is highly addictive, this list goes on and on.  In this blog we are focusing on smoking and oral health.  Read on to learn some things of which you may not be aware.

Smoking can negatively impact your oral health in a number of ways, some obvious, some not so obvious:

  • Reduced blood flow and the supply of vital nutrients to gums, including Vitamin C.  Without proper nutrients, gum disease and bone loss can develop and even tooth loss.
  • Decreased amount of saliva.  Saliva is important for cleaning the mouth and preventing tooth decay.
  • Smoking affects the appearance of teeth, making them discolored with the yellow and brown stains that nicotine and tar leave behind.
  • Inflammation of the roof of the mouth.
  • Bad Breath
  • Lost sense of taste.

Most importantly, smoking causes oral cancer.  More than 43,000 Americans and 4,000 Canadians were expected to be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer in 2015, resulting in more than 8,000 deaths, or about one per hour.  If oropharyngeal (throat) cancer is included, the number of expected deaths increases to more than 15,000 per year.

Cigar smoking is NOT safe because cigars contain the same toxic and carcinogenic compounds that cigarettes do.  Cigar smoking increases your risk for oral cancer, lung cancer, and larynx and esophageal cancers.  Smokeless tobacco use increases the risk for developing gum disease as well as gum recession (the pulling away of gum from the teeth.)  Smokeless tobacco users are 4 to 6 more times likely to develop oral cancer from chewing tobacco.  In fact, the area of your mouth where smokeless tobacco is placed is 50 times more likely to be a site of oral cancer.

WHAT ABOUT E-CIGARETTES?

The use of battery-operated electronic nicotine-delivery systems, such as electronic cigarettes, is not recommended.  E-cigarettes have grown in popularity over the past decade and there is currently not a lot of research available about how they may affect your health.  However, experts say the nicotine inhalation that occurs while using an e-cigarette can cause susceptibility to bacteria buildup in the mouth, as well as tooth decay and dry mouth.

After all of that, CAN I QUIT?

The nicotine found in tobacco products is highly addictive, so quitting can be difficult.  But there are ways to successfully stop using tobacco.  These include nicotine replacement therapies, such as nasal spray and inhalers, patches, and gum and lozenges, all of which are available over the counter.  A variety of prescription medications are available as well.  For some, smoking-cessation support groups also are a very helpful resource in the quitting process and they are available in both in-person and online community formats.

If you’re a smoker, it’s never too late to quit.  Research has shown that quitting at any age will improve health and increase longevity.  Talk with your dentist or other health care provider for more information on how to quit.

reprinted in part from AGD Impact/January 2016/Fact Sheet/Smoking

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