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Smoke Screen – Making Quitting Stick

Everybody knows that smoking causes lung cancer, but did you also know that smokers and tobacco are susceptible to a variety of oral health problems at a faster rate than non-smokers?

It’s true! Smoking is responsible for almost 75% of gum disease in adults; and, similar to smokers, adults who smoke pipes and cigars, as well as those using smokeless tobacco, are just as susceptible to gum disease and other tobacco related health problems.

As soon as you use tobacco products, you become more likely to experience any of these oral-health problems:

• Oral cancer
• Gum disease
• Tooth loss
• Loss of bone in the jaw
• Gum recession
• Delayed/impaired healing process after oral surgery or any other treatment
• Decreased success rate of dental implant (tooth replacement) procedures
• Mouth sores
• Loss of your sense of taste and smell
• Bad breath
• Tooth and tongue stains

If you are interested in protecting your oral health we strongly recommend you quit using tobacco products! The following steps are recommended by the Surgeon General to help you quit smoking and using tobacco:

• Get ready – set a quitting date and remove all materials from your home, car and office
• Get support
• Learn new skills and behaviors
• Get medication and use it correctly
• Be prepared for relapse or difficult situations

For support, start with Tipton Orthodontics! We can help by recommending different options to help you quit, and above all we will support you throughout the quitting process. We are dedicated to helping you protect your oral health – and quitting smoking is significant step in the right direction.


An Unforgettable Trip to Mexico

Arriving in Mexico
On November 21st and 22nd, 2008 Dr. Greg Hatch and I flew to San Ignacio, Mexico in Dr. Hatch’s plane (San Ignacio is located on the Baja Peninsula), along with Dr. Alan Longfellow and a few of our staff members. Our mission: to provide dental care to the people living in this area in order to teach and promote good oral health.

Our trip began when we landed our plane on a small dirt landing strip in San Ignacio, which was definitely an adventure it itself! We were then driven to a small Mexican pueblo where members of the group “The Flying Samaritans” have recently completed construction of a new medical/dental clinic.

On Saturday, the 22nd, we spent almost the entire day working with the people of San Ignacio doing fillings and extracting decayed teeth. The local people we helped were all very appreciative, and interested in what we were doing! The humanitarian services that we provided filled all of us with feelings of gratitude for our own lives of abundance and a desire to return to San Ignacio again soon to help all of these wonderful people!

This is our story, but we’d also love to hear one of yours! If you have any stories about a trip you took that made a difference in another person’s life please leave us a comment and share with us your experience. We’ve all had someone make a difference in our lives, and at some point we must take time to give back to others in need of our help.