What does Obamacare, Smoking and your Teeth have in Common?

Why not to smoke-dentist, teeth- J.C. Duncan DDS

Your primary care physician, schools and media promote that smoking is bad for your health yet people continue to smoke regardless of the clear warnings.  Smoking, while highly enjoyable to the person indulging in the habit, has long lasting negative physical affects that continue to accumulate with the time vested in the smoking habit.

Smoking and your Teeth

It is common knowledge in 2013 that smoking is bad for your health but it is not as widely understood how smoking affects your teeth.  In a nut shell, your oral health has a direct impact to your overall physical health. Think of it as a game of “follow the leader”. Smoking has a direct impact to the decline of healthy teeth and gums.  Bad teeth and gums increases your risk for diseases like heart disease, diabetes, oral cancer and even Alzheimer.  As a dentist, the office of J.C. Duncan DDS promotes a smoke free life style. We have provided some reasons that we hope will appeal to our smokers to finally “kick the habit”.

Direct Affects to your Teeth and Gums Related to Smoking

  • Bad Breath
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Inflammation of the salivary gland in your mouth
  • Increased build up of plaque and tartor on the teeth
  • Increased bone loss within your jaw
  • Increased risk of developing gum disease, the leading cause of tooth loss
  • Decline in your immune system- making healing from tooth extraction, periodontal treatment, or oral surgery longer as well as increases your chance of infection
  • A lower success rate of a dental implant procedure
  • Increased risk of developing oral cancer and esophogial cancer
  • Decreased effectiveness of your taste buds

How will Obamacare Affect Smokers?

If there isn’t already 100’s of reasons as to why quit smoking, here is another to add to the long list.  “Smoking and tobacco use are the only pre-existing conditions that the Affordable Care Act still allows insurers to discriminate against,” says Erika Sward, assistant vice president of national advocacy at the American Lung Association. What this means is, Obamacare provides insurance companies the option to charge higher premiums or surcharges for smokers, which in turn could make health insurance completely unaffordable or at the very least extremely costly for this group.

So if you were considering quitting, or honestly hadn’t given it a thought, the new Obamacare legislation may force you to address your smoking habit and make a decision on what will or will not work for you.

J.C. Duncan Family Dentistry
103 Commerce Center Drive Suite 101
Huntersville, NC 28078

Phone: (704) 266-1486
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Read more: http://www.bankrate.com/finance/insurance/obamacare-health-insurance-penalizes-smokers.aspx#ixzz2i02dPpAa


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