The Link Between Smoking and Your Oral Health

You are most likely aware of the detrimental effects of smoking to one’s overall health — from cardiovascular problems to respiratory illnesses to low birth-weight babies for women who smoke while they’re pregnant. Yet are you aware that tobacco use could also result to a host of oral health problems? Here at our Hudson Valley dental practice, we have noticed the following problems among our patients who have been smoking for a while now:

  • gum disease
  • stained teeth and tongue
  • dulled sense of taste and smell
  • delayed healing following dental procedures such as extraction
  • chronic bad breath
  • oral cancer

Quick Tips to Quitting Tobacco Use

The best way to avoid oral health problems brought about by smoking, including its other ill effects to your health,  is to make the decision to quit. Smokers would say that this is easier said than done as the nicotine in cigarettes are actually addicting. However, all it takes is commitment on your end and the strong desire to actually quit smoking.

1. First of all, commit to the idea that you are actually quitting smoking.
2. Have a plan.
3. Figure out what motivates you to actually quit. Is it for your health? Or the girl you’re currently dating doesn’t like smokers?
4. Seek out people with similar goals as yours. Join an online forum, ask your friends about it, etc. Furthermore, spend most of your time with people who supports your goal.
5. Keep yourself busy with work, school, or any other chores that will help you suppress the urge to smoke.
6. Figure out what triggers you to smoke and avoid these triggers as much as possible.
7. Replace your smoking habit with positive ones such as running, swimming, or reading a book.
8. Reward yourself!

The Family Dental Group would like to help you quit smoking for your oral health’s sake. Call us at (000) 000-0000 or fill out this contact form to schedule an appointment. We look forward to your visit!

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Excellent service, no complaints.
Anonymous
Great staff - helpful and courteous
Emani W.
I love the Family Dental Group! Thank you to all of the dentists and dental assistants for all that you do! I wouldn't ever consider going to another […]
Patti B.
Lesha is always professional informative and most of all does a fantastic job!
Anonymous
Okay people nice
Maurice M.
I always have a wonderful experience at the Family Dental Group in Fishkill. I don't really like going to the dentist and experience some anxiety and […]
Juliana F.
I have never had any teeth pulled till yesterday. They did a great job. Pain free.
Mary B.
Dr Ayuko was very professional.
Susan C.
All 3 of my kids go here and they love it. Dentists are very professional and informative.
Xavier M.
Dan was very friendly and a professional. He made me feel very comfortable and did a good job! Thank you!
Iris M.
promised it would be easy to get denture repaired ... and they were right ... nice to have teeth stay in and easier to eat!
Margaret A.
Staff is so friendly and professional. Michelle the dental hygenist is the best I ever had. Thank you for being so kind and patient. Especially […]
Christina F.
Great best dentist office I've ever went to. Thank you for your service.
Tami R.
One of the best pediatric dentistry I have experienced. My three year old was happy leaving and I would recommend to any mother that wants their […]
Mea O.
Staff is wonderful! Friendly and helpful.
Anonymous
Pleasant, professional staff. Showa patient concern.
Anonymous
I was a bit apprehensive before the first appointment, as I had been with my previous dentist for many years prior to relocating to New York. All […]
Linda R.
Michelle my hygienist was wonderful. I have worked in the dental field for years and appreciated the time she took to explain things to me as wel as […]
Andrea G.
Dr Kesselman is awesome and so is Jose. I loved the office staff as well. My brother is a stoke patient and has some special needs they treated him […]
Douglas D.
Always a pleasure! Great group of professionals!
Julia T.
The staff is always very friendly, professional and prompt.
Anonymous
I was so nervous, but the staff and the doctors made me feel comfortable . The doctor was gentle . Thank you for making my experience a good one . I […]
Louisa S.
Dr. Stein and the staff are great. I get very nervous at the dentist and they are very patient with me.
Diane T.
Staff were quite accommodating and friendly. Facility much larger than expected and quite spacious and clean. Dentist was experienced and […]
Margaret A.
I have been going here about 2 years and have no complaints. The staff up front are very nice as are the dental staff. They take good care of my […]
Paul C.
My daughter had to have two teeth removed by the request of her orthodontist to correct her bite. They made her feel completely at ease and […]
Mackenzie B.
I have been going to Lasha for years now to have my teeth cleaned. Love her!!!!
Clement V.
Great staff.
Craig H.
great job
Rebecca A.
Excellent!!!
Ana P.
This is a warm and friendly team of professional dental workers. I'm so glad I was encouraged to try them when I moved to NY from NJ.
Sally A.
Dr. Bryan is amazing! I love how the office has changed (for the better) and the staff is always so kind and patient!
Joseph M.
Ellen is awesome
Anonymous
I was treated so professionally and had no wait time!
Anonymous
Nicole is my hygienist.. Not only is she knowledgeable in her field, but she is compassionate, humorous and professional.
Barbara M.
Highly recommend, they are great especially with children !
Katherine C.
Took me on time did a nice cleaning with no discomfort had a dentist review the ex rays and expressed his concerns and need to monitor for any […]
Nancy K.
always a pleasure
America P.
Very good experience at this office. The staff was very friendly. There was a woman who may have been in charge who was very helpful too.
Jerry M.
My experience was very professional.
Tai F.
I am always treated very well by the staff and dentists in the Brewster office.
Sheridah C.
Doctor O was very nice I was nervous at first, but he was very informative, and patient.
Jordyn H.
Did not feel much pain post surgery. Surgery was quick and painless
Danielle S.
Very efficient & comfortable.
Anonymous
All are committed to making the experience as painless and pleasant as possible -- from X-rays to cleaning to filling cavities.
Anonymous
We have always had excellent treatment from the entire staff. Dr. Stein and Dr. Friedman have been so great.
Andrea W.
Everyone was very courteous and professional.
Anonymous
My four year old son experience was awesome, the Dr. was great.
Bryce J.
Great Experience! Kids love to go to see Dr. Hinkle!
Aiden M.
Everyone from the front desk to the assistant and doctor very pleasant.
Anonymous
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

Office Hours
    Get in touch:
    • Phone: (000) 000-0000