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Posts for: November, 2011

By contactus
November 21, 2011
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Many of you may know about a form of smoking called hookah smoking. If not, I can tell you that a hookah is a type of water pipe that has a smoke chamber, bowl, pipe and hose. There are hookah lounges springing up all around the nation and world; I believe the closest one to us is in East Lansing. I have to admit I was intrigued to know more about this place when I drove by a few weeks ago. I wondered if this form of smoking had less risks than cigarette smoking, and wondered what it actually does to your body. It just so happened that one of our hygienists on staff here brought me a great article entitled, "Troubling Tobacco Trends," by Victoria Patrounova, RDH, MHA. I am sorry to say Hookah smoking is no less harmful. According to this article, "One session of hookah smoking usually lasts an hour, increasing users' exposure to nictone and carcinogens. Lung and oral cancer, other lung diseases, and periodontal diseases have all been linked to hookah smoking. There are an estimated 300 hookah cafes and lounges in the United States, and the number is expected to grow."

I might also mention that many of the flavored tobacco, such as clove cigarettes, bidis, and shisha are amidst these troubling tobacco trends as well. These types of tobacco can give you more nicotine, tar and carbon monoxide than regular cigarettes.

Lastly, I wanted to discuss the article's view on those "neat" electronic cigarettes that light up and "feel" like a cigarette. Patrounova's article explains that these types of cigarettes (E-cigarettes) have a rechargable battery, a replacable cartridge, and an atomizer. The heat atomizer changes the contents of the cartridge into a vapor that is then inhaled. The problem is this: the vapor contains nicotine and other chemicals. These types of cigarettes have not been evaluated by the FDA and it is unknown how much nicotine and chemicals are in each one (1). To me, whether the FDA has approved it or not, is irrelevant. It's still damaging, and unfortunately may be advertised as an alternative to smoking.

Watch out for these tobacco hazards. Your lungs, heart and teeth are affected by these choices. If you are smoking and want to quit, check out the American Cancer Society's website and pick a quit date today!

Guide to Quitting Smoking - American Cancer Society

Lisa Knowles, DDS

1) Patrounova, Victoria. Troubling Tobacco Trends, Dimensions of DENTAL HYGIENE. September 2011


By contactus
November 03, 2011
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If your household is like mine the week after Halloween, you have way too much extra candy lying around. We have the over bought candy from trick-or-treating and the masses of candy gathered from the actual trick-or-treating event. So, the question becomes what do we do with all of this candy? From a dentist's standpoint, I can offer you a few pieces of advice:

1) Monitor how much candy your child is consuming and set limits as to how much can be consumed per day.(Watch out--kids are great at hiding and hoarding their precious candy).

2)Let your child eat the candy right after a meal, such as lunch or dinner, when their pH (acid levels) in his or her mouth is already at a lower level. 

3)Avoid candy before bedtime

4)Ensure brushing and flossing is taking place nightly before bedtime

5)Slowly remove the candy from your household

6)In my house, we allow our kids to pick out ten pieces of their favorite candy and then we abandon the rest over time.

Hope this helps you out!

Lisa Knowles, DDS