- November 14, 2010
WILLIAMSPORT AND COLLEGEVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA – Philadelphia, PA dental implants specialist Dr. David DiGiallorenzo is promoting the Great American Smokeout in his Williamsport and Philadelphia, PA periodontics offices.
The American Cancer Society-sponsored Great American Smokeout is Nov. 18. It encourages smokers to quit for a day, in hope that they may quit permanently, according to the ACS website.
DiGiallorenzo and the other Williamsport and Philadelphia, PA periodontists in his practice promote the annual event because of the harmful effects smoking has on patients’ periodontal health.
“Day in and day out, we see the damage that smoking causes,” he said.
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to have the following oral health issues:
- Calculus, which is plaque that hardens on the teeth and requires professional cleaning to effectively remove it.
- Deep pockets between the teeth and gums.
- The loss of bone and tissue that supports teeth.
Calculus not removed during professional cleanings remains below the gum line, said the Philadelphia PA periodontist. Bacteria in the calculus can destroy gum tissue and cause gums to pull away from the teeth. When this happens, periodontal pockets develop and become filled with disease-causing bacteria.
If left untreated, periodontal disease will progress, the pockets will grow deeper, and more bacteria that destroy tissue and supporting bone will accumulate. This can cause the gums to shrink away from the teeth, giving them a longer appearance. Without treatment, teeth may become loose, painful and even fall out.
DiGiallorenzo treats periodontal disease in his office with LANAP- laser-assisted new attachment procedure. The procedure is less invasive, nearly painless and requires no cutting and suturing, he said.
LANAP, a non-surgical means to treat gum disease, has been shown to be quite effective on smokers, he said, adding, that dental implants are an option when teeth cannot be saved.
“Unless you quit smoking, treating periodontal disease will remain a sort of uphill battle,” DiGiallorenzo said. “That’s why we encourage everyone who is a smoker to participate in the Smokeout November 18. Devoting a day to improved health could be the spark that encourages them to quit smoking for good.”
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