Showing posts with label smoking risk factor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label smoking risk factor. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Smoking Is Still Bad For You

Yes, it is true, nothing has really changed.   Smoking is still bad for you.

Why do I bring this up now?  Because I was surprised to see someone smoking today.  

Don't you see people smoking all the time?   Yes, I do.



But, today was different.  

It was one of those special moments where you see someone doing something that is pretty much irrefutably bad for them.   Everyone knows smoking is bad.

It's bad for your lungs.

It's bad for your teeth.

It's bad for your heart. 

It's bad for every part of your body.

Why Do You Still Smoke

I have to assume that you are a smoker at this point, or you wouldn't have read this far.  The other two possibilities are that you have an interest in this subject, or someone you love smokes and you don't know what to do to help them. 

I don't have any answer for that last one.  People are not going to change until they are ready to.

All I can really do is talk about how bad it is to smoke.

Gross Anatomy

When I took gross anatomy, we had someone who had obviously smoked for a very long period of time in his life.   

I remember that even though he had been soaked in formaldehyde for at least 6 months before we got him, the first thing I smelled when opening up the chest was CIGARETTE SMOKE! 

It's absolutely sick.   Smoke from INSIDE the chest cavity.  It was even stronger than the formaldehyde smell.  

Black Lungs

This man's lungs were coal black from the outside to the inside.  It was the same degree of black on the outside of his lungs as the inside!   

You could cut all the way through his lungs lungs and it was just as black all the way through!

Normal lungs are PINK.   PINK like a Caucasian's lips.   

His lungs were BLACK like COAL all the way through! 

I hope this information helps someone.  This is a true story from my university / college days.  I saw it myself with my own eyes. 

Quit smoking.

 Gum Disease

Smoking is also a risk factor for gum disease.  According to professionals, approximately  3 out of every 4 people have gum disease anyway.   If you smoke, how much higher are the odds against you? 

Do a little more than brushing and flossing to help keep your gums healthy. 


PS:  Get your free guide to stopping bad breath   or gum disease

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Smoking Can Be Fatal - In German

Smoking Can Be Fatal In German is:  Rauchen kann tödlich sein

This is what is written on cigarette advertisements and cartons in Germany 

Here is a video to give you an idea of the pronunciation:   


Not only can smoking be fatal, it is not good for your dental health either! 

Here is an excerpt from the book: What You Should Know About Gum Disease : A Layman's Guide to Fighting Gum Disease. 

Smoking: It seems like there are plenty of good reasons to give up smoking. Here is yet another. Smoking is a contributing factor to the development of gum disease. This could be because of the smoke’s effect on the immune system or the direct effect of the smoke on gum tissue. Smoking dries out the mucous and saliva-producing tis- sues of the mouth, and smoke is also toxic in nature. Any of these reasons—and more—can be why smoking contributes to the progression of gum disease. It makes sense, right? Smoke is poison and poison harms the tissues of the body. 

You can also find the book : What You Should Know About Gum Disease here. 

If smoking is affecting your breath (of course it does) you might want to counter that with a little : French Kiss Chewing Gum.  

If you haven't quite yet, I hope this helps to motivate you to 'make it happen'.   And if you love someone who hasn't quit yet,  you could send this page to them.  


PPS obtain your guide on stopping bad breath. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Smoking And Your Gums

Smoking and Chewing Tobacco Increase Risk For Gum Disease

I guess this should more or less be a common sense statement.  But it is still good to talk about it because there may be people who are not as clear as they should be.

The harsh chemicals in both cigarette smoke and chewing tobacco are harmful to the tissues of the body. The gum tissue, receiving direct contact, can be affected.  Smoking has been indicated as an additional risk factor for gum disease.

Story About Cadaver Lab

When I took Gross Anatomy it was a very interesting experience.  We had a cadaver of about 65 years of age.  He had been soaked in formaldehyde for about 6 months or longer.

He was grossly overweight.  There was a layer of fat under the skin that was quite thick.

When we opened the chest cavity, the first thing I could smell was cigarette smoke.   The lungs were coal black.  They were jet black from the inside all the way to the outside without interruption. 

By contrast, normal lungs are pink in color, like lips.   And this is an important point.

I don't think I have to convince you, warning signs about the toxic effect of cigarettes are even on labels.  I do not think anyone with a shred of rationality is going to argue that smoking is good for you.

Increased risk for gum disease is just one more reason to quit smoking!


PS:  This is one of my favorite tools for prevention and promotion of dental health