It is common knowledge that smoking will give you bad breath. But did you know smoking can also cause poor blood circulation in your mouth? Making it harder to recognise periodontal gum disease.
Smokers often will not suffer the same traditional symptoms of gum disease that non-smokers will. Non smokers with gum disease will often suffer with sore, bleeding gums. However smokers will often find that their gums do not bleed when they brush. This is due to poor circulation in the gums, which prevents the body effectively recognising and managing the oral bacteria. Smokers are not only suffering with bad breath and gum disease but also poor circulation.
Reverse the affects of Smoking on Gum Health
In the fight against gum disease, and in trying to help reverse the effects of smoking on gum health, blood circulation in the mouth must be stimulated and increased. But how?
Regular targeted use of the GumSaver will help, by stimulating the gum tissue in your mouth, helping to draw blood back to your gums, and allowing the bodys own natural health mechanisms to defend against the gum disease. The benefits of using the GumSaver are two fold. It helps eradicate gum disease, keeping your gums healthy and clean, and helps to cure bad breath by removing the bacteria, that live in those hard to reach dental pockets between your teeth and gums.
Floss, toothpicks and interdental brushes are able to clean between your teeth, but not below the gum line. The GumSaver is designed to reach in between your teeth, and below your gum line, to clean and remove the bacteria that cause bad breath.
These harmful bacteria are called Anorobes, they are not very strong and hate oxygen. Using the GumSaver helps to naturally oxygenate the dental pockets between your teeth, and remove debris. Keeping your mouth and gums clean and free of bacteria. Cleaning these areas regularly is even more impotant for smokers, as bad circulation and receeding gums, often create a breeding ground for bacteria below the gum line without any outward signs of gum disease, making it harder to diagnose as the diseased areas are often located below the gum line.
Smoking and Gum Health Facts.
In studies, smokers have been shown to be three to six times more likely to suffer from damaged and receeding gums than non smokers.
Severe bone loss was five times greater among current or former heavy smokers, than among people who have never smoked.
Not only does smoking increase the chance that you will develop gum disease, it makes treatment much more difficult. The treatment is also less likely to succeed, as smoking greatly hinders healing in your mouth.
Research is ongoing as to what smoking does to mouth tissue. Studies to date have found that smoking affects the way gum tissue responds to all types of treatment. It is widely believed in the medical profession that the chemicals contained in tobacco, interfere with the flow of blood to the gums, which in turn leads to a slow down in the healing process.
Studies have shown that all tobacco products can affect gum health. Pipe tobacco, smokeless tobacco and cigars, as well as snuff and chewing tobacco include warnings that these products can cause oral cancer, gum disease or tooth loss.
There is some good news for smokers. Not only does stopping smoking greatly reduce serious risks to your health. Studies have shown that people who had quit smoking 11 years before had similar rates of periodontal gum disease, as those who have never smoked. So smokers still have the chance to save their teeth and gums.
Even a reduction in the amount a person smokes can be positive. Studies have shown people who smoked more than a pack and a half per day, were six times more likely to have periodontal disease than non smokers. Yet people who smoke less than a half pack per day had only three times the risk of gum disease