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Smoking: A Real Drag On Your Teeth Gainesville, GA
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Most people know that smoking is a very bad habit to start and a very difficult habit to give up. Countless medical studies have proven the detrimental effects that smoking has on people’s health, including lung cancer and debilitating breathing disorders such as COPD. However, many people overlook a specific area of the body that is directly affected by smoking: the mouth.

Serious personal and oral health issues are directly related to the use of tobacco products. Tooth staining and discoloration and severe bad breath are two of the most personal effects caused by smoking and tobacco use. Your smile says a great deal about you, and if your dingy teeth and/or foul breath are unpleasant, you can be at a disadvantage in meeting new people and landing a good job or promotion. However, more than just you job or your social calendar is on the line if you continue to smoke or use tobacco products.

Periodontal disease and oral cancer are two extremely dangerous conditions that are directly caused by continued tobacco usage. Both of these conditions have the ability to destroy your oral health, and they both pose a risk to your life.

Periodontal disease is the severe infection of the gums that affects the strength and support of the teeth. Smoking inhibits the gums’ immunity, so a slight infection of the gum tissues can quickly develop into periodontal disease. The most significant factor of periodontal disease is that it is irreversible. While the earliest stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis, is treatable, periodontal disease causes such destruction that it will require extensive treatment.

Oral cancer causes the soft tissues of the mouth to become irritated and weakened. With the immunity of the mouth being compromised, it does not have the ability to fight off the damage that tobacco causes. With this, oral cancer becomes a very prominent condition among tobacco users. Of course, cancer does not isolate itself. The rest of the body is also vulnerable to cancer because the tissues inside the mouth are living tissues, and their blood supplies travel throughout the entire body – easily carrying cancer cells to other major organs.

At Gainesville Dental Group, we want to help you quit tobacco for your oral health and your overall health. We understand that it is not easy, and we are here to help. Contact our practice to learn how you can overcome tobacco damage.

At Gainesville Dental Group, we want to encourage everyone to do their part to obtain a healthy smile that will last a lifetime. Contact our practice for a recommendation on a sugar-free chewing gum to help ward off decay.

Posted on behalf of Gainesville Dental Group

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Bev M.

Very happy with the staff at Gainesville Dental Group. The doctors are caring and experienced. I never am left in the waiting room. The hygienist always ask thorough questions and report to the doctor before the exam, saving me from having to repeat everything. Highly recommend.

Dennis C.

I came to Gainesville Dental Group with a crown that was in bad shape and painful. Dr. Vetter was very knowledgeable about what needed to be done and went to great lengths to ensure the treatment to resolve the problem was in my best interest. He and assistant Sarah Riley were very professional yet personable. They worked together seamlessly in a manner that put me at ease and were very focused on fixing the tooth. Any physical discomfort was minimal and both Dr. Vetter and Sarah were encouraging and positive. A very good experience.

Sarah R.

I come to Gainesville Dental Group for my routine cleanings and absolutely love it! It’s very clean and I love how up to date they are with digital X-rays and photos of the teeth. I had to have a filling and they were able to point out on the screen where my cavity was on the X-ray. It’s much easier getting the work done when you have an understanding of what the doctor is doing! Dr. Vetter did my filling and the whole procedure was pain free! I can’t say enough good things about this group!

Linda H.

Dr. Gannon and Hannah were great. They talked me thru my procedure and made sure I was comfortable and pain free. The office was friendly and pleasant. My hubby and son have used them and liked them. I've found a new dentist! Thank You GDG.

Candace C.

Since I started my orthodontic treatment fifteen months ago, the staff at Gainesville Dental Group have been exceptional. Dr. Vetter is so kind and energetic and Kim puts you at ease while she works miracles! I am thrilled at my results and that they worked within my timeframe. I gladly recommend The Gainesville Dental Group for a personalized experience. Thank you!

Kayla B.

The whole office staff is amazing! Super friendly and helpful. Dr. Gannon has always been very nice and does great work! My husband sees Dr. Vetter and has only good things to say as well. I highly recommend this office!

Lorrie M.

This is by far the best dental group I have been to in a long time. The staff is wonderful and caring. From the front office to the Dentists are a class act. Very kind and explain step by step. High quality work. Don't plan on going anywhere else. My husband has had the same experience. Do yourself a favor and check them out. Tell them Lorrie sent you

Bruce Y.

Great dental visit! Went in for annual cleaning and x-rays. Donna did an awesome job and pointed out a potential issue which she brought up to the doctor who concurred. It was an excellent visit. Thank you to the "team" @ Gainesville Dental Group.

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426 Spring St SE
Gainesville GA, 30501

Tel: (770) 297-0401

Opening Hours

Monday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Our office is open for normal business hours and we are following all ADA/CDC guidelines to ensure staff and patient safety.