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Is Your Nicotine Habit Masking Gum Disease? Marietta, GA

Is Your Nicotine Habit Masking Gum Disease?

It comes to no surprise that nicotine is harmful to your health. You may associate nicotine with chewing tobacco or smoking a cigarette. However, nicotine is also found in the latest e-cigarette trend as well. Regardless of how it is delivered, nicotine can wreak havoc on your oral health, especially your gums.

Nicotine is known for commonly masking the signs of gum disease. This is a major detriment to your oral health because undiagnosed and untreated gum disease can lead to surrounding bone loss, tooth loss and overall health problems. Gum disease should always be taken seriously, and your nicotine habit could be making it harder to detect its symptoms.

To better understand the way nicotine affects your gum health, it is important to realize that nicotine is a vasoconstrictor. This means that it has the capability of prohibiting proper blood flow to your gum tissues. Without enough oxygen and nutrients that your blood supplies, your gums can begin to deteriorate and recede. But that’s not all.

Gum disease is primarily identified in the early stages by bleeding, swollen and red gums. However, because nicotine is a vasoconstrictor and increased blood flow to the gums is suppressed, these telltale signs are not as obvious. In essence, you may have gum disease and your nicotine habit is masking this serious condition.

The best way to prevent gum disease is to maintain a diligent brushing and flossing habit and see your dentist on a regular basis. Kicking a nicotine habit is always in the best interest of your smile health. However, if you do vape, smoke or chew nicotine-containing products, let your dentist know. At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we take extra measures to monitor the gum health of those who use nicotine. If you notice receding gums, bad breath or loose teeth, make an appointment to see us sooner rather than later.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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