Gum Disease and Smoking-It’s so Glamorous

Smoke Free for 9 days!

There is a couple of things I want to talk about today regarding not-smoking and this new life I have chosen for myself. First, for all of you young people that are smoking out there, one of the many disadvantages to smoking is Gum Disease. If I wasn’t so vain I would take a picture of my teeth and show you.

This picture from Oral Health Information is pretty close. It’s not pretty is it girls! Trust me, quit smoking now so this doesn’t happen to you. The Oral Health Information site has a lot of good information about quitting smoking. Check it out!

Gum Diseased Teeth

Today I am having six teeth pulled on my upper mouth. Having made the decision to get dentures, which I should have done a long time ago, this is the first step of many and it is painful and awful to go through. No, it’s not as horrible as Lung Cancer, but it is something a lot of us, especially us ladies, particularly single ladies, don’t want to have to do in our lifetime. They are pulling six today and the other six on top, (the front ones) in three weeks. Unfortunately, I have a big mouth and when I smile you can see all my teeth,even in the back. So…for the next three weeks I am going to have to not smile. Isn’t that just great. I have been trying not to smile to big for about two years now since my teeth got really bad, it doesn’t always work because basically I am a happy person and have always smiled at people, strangers and all, just about all my life. It would be interesting to see their reaction though! 🙂 Just kidding, maybe..

Please read the article below. I will write more when I can. The other topic I want to talk about is Yoga, and Pilates and how much I hate them because they make me sick, (like motion sickness) nauseated, dizzy and I’ve had to run out of class because I thought I was going to throw up!

TTFN

Here is what the American Academy of Periodontology.

In conjunction with the Great American Smokeout, the American Academy of Periodontology hopes to help educate the public about one specific threat to smokers – periodontal disease. Recent studies have shown that tobacco use may be one of the most significant risk factors in the development and progression of periodontal disease. In addition, following periodontal treatment or any type of oral surgery, the chemicals in tobacco can slow down the healing process and make the treatment results less predictable.

How does smoking increase your risk for periodontal disease? As a smoker, you are more likely than nonsmokers to have the following problems:

  • Calculus – plaque that hardens on your teeth and can only be removed during a professional cleaning
  • Deep pockets between your teeth and gums
  • Loss of the bone and tissue that support your teeth

If the calculus is not removed during a professional cleaning, and it remains below your gum line, the bacteria in the calculus can destroy your gum tissue and cause your gums to pull away from your teeth. When this happens, periodontal pockets form and fill with disease-causing bacteria.

If left untreated, periodontal disease will progress. The pockets between your teeth and gums can grow deeper, allowing in more bacteria that destroy tissue and supporting bone. As a result, the gums may shrink away from the teeth making them look longer. Without treatment, your teeth may become loose, painful and even fall out.

Save Your Smile

Research shows that smokers loose more teeth than nonsmokers do. In fact, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only about 20 percent of people over age 65 who have never smoked are toothless, while a whopping 41.3 percent of daily smokers over age 65 are toothless.In addition, research shows that current smokers don’t heal as well after periodontal treatment as former smokers or nonsmokers. But these effects are reversible if the smokers kick the habit before beginning treatment.

Not Just Cigarettes

Other tobacco products are also harmful to your periodontal health. Smokeless tobacco also can cause gums to recede and increase the chance of losing the bone and fibers that hold your teeth in place.And, a study of cigar and pipe smokers published in the January, 1999 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association revealed that cigar smokers experience tooth loss and alveolar bone loss at rates equivalent to those of cigarette smokers. Pipe smokers experience tooth loss at a rate similar to cigarette smokers.

Other Oral Problems

Researches also have found that the following problems occur more often in people who use tobacco products:

  • Oral cancer
  • Bad breath
  • Stained teeth
  • Tooth loss
  • Bone loss
  • Loss of taste
  • Less success with periodontal treatment
  • Less success with dental implants
  • Gum recession
  • Mouth sores
  • Facial wrinkling

Find Out More

If you are interested in more information about tobacco use and periodontal disease, here are some steps to take:

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7 Days Smoke Free, again

It has become obvious to me that I need to do my writing first thing in the morning. By the afternoon I am not quite as sharp as I would like to be and seem to be in more of a hurry to write anything just to get it done.

Quit smoking or take Chantix?Today is my 7th or would have been 50th day smoke free. Unfortunately as I wrote about in Smoking Again, Kind of…,I smoked on New Years day after I had quit November 19th. I blame myself for quitting the Chantix too soon. I had been 18 days with out. Anyway, today I am doing very well thank you. I am taking only one and 1/2 Chantix because I can’t sleep at night, so when I get home from work at 5:00 or so I take the 1/2 instead of the whole one. In the morning I take 1mg tab and it is working quite well. I also have problems waking up in the morning. I was always an early bird until I quit. I guess my body isn’t waking me up for that Nicotine fix. Now I just keep hitting the snooze and really don’t care weather I get up or not. I have resorted to a friend calling me at 6:15 a.m. to wake me up. That is so unreal to me. For years I have been getting up at 5:00 or 5:30 a.m. even on the weekends. I associate this to my body healing from all the damage cigs has caused or the Chantix. When I was off the Chantix I could get up a little easier. That is something I have to check out.

Babbling is right today! Not much going on right now. I’ll probably write more later.


TTFN

Sabotaging my own success.

Today is smoke free day 19.

I am so happy I found some Chantix that I had bought when I tried to quit before. That gives me another week or two if I continue with the one a day. Not sure how well the one a day is working. In the evening I am very cranky and edgy and this morning when I got up I actually had the thought that I could buy some cigs and that was okay! I’m worried. I may have to go back to two a day like I’m supposed to be. Maybe one more week and I will be better. Not sure though, I may call the Hotline and find out.

I called them before when I had 1 day smoke free and asked them about the weekend and how to handle the craves at home when I am bored etc. The gal I talked to was really good and gave me things to do over the weekend like go to the Library and find a book about sabotaging my own success. Hmmm. Could that be what I am doing now by cutting back on the Chantix? All I have to do is make it until January 1st then I can buy it using my cafeteria plan money! Hmmm, something to think about.

More on becoming a Non-Smoker

Okay, 16 days! Yippee! This is the most awesome thing. Thank you God. I know I am not doing this by myself. My Higher Power is helping me every step of the way. I am so grateful that I can smell things, breathe without a rattle or cough, I can taste things, (sometimes the smell and taste thing isn’t so good, like fat free Cappuccino. Yuk!)

All this after only 16 days. Amazing how fast my abused body is healing itself. I have gained about 8 pounds but I have joined the gym and gone five times. My favorite is the cardio workout on the treadmill or bike. It is so cool to get my heart rate up and breathe heavy without wheezing or coughing. I recover pretty fast too. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t all wonderful and lite. My body is healing and I want to sleep all the time. I used to be up at 5:00 or 5:30 a.m. every morning without fail, the same time every day. I didn’t need an alarm. Now I can’t get myself up with an alarm. I slept until 10:30 over the weekend. Very Weird. I guess my body isn’t waking me up for that nicotine fix. Last night I had to set my alarm across the room and set both alarms in case I kept snoozing it. One is set for the Radio and the other the alarm. The second one got me up. Very strange.

I have started to ween myself off of the Chantix now, its been three weeks on it. I am only taking it in the morning. I have had no cravings and Sunday I felt “normal”, (like when I was smoking but better), for the first time. I had some energy to get the laundry done, decorations up, (they have been sitting on my chair for a week.) I hope my energy level will continue to improve, after work I just sit on my butt. Even after I go to the gym I’m just tired. Kind of a lethargic feeling. I don’t like feeling that way but when I was smoking I didn’t exactly have a HIGH ENERGY level then. Hell, it wore me out just to walk to my car after work! What am I complaining about?

I found some things I had journaled earlier I wanted to share with you all:

Day 2- Today, 11/20/07 – My face is oily, I have a sharp deep cough, my shoulders are tense and hurt – My whole body sometimes shakes a lot,(this is still happening, not as frequently though,) my toes are moving constantly, (still happening.) My feet or legs are moving constantly, tapping, etc. I’m in a fog. Scared to go home. I don’t wit where I used to, my favorite spot on the couch with the end table on the right. Now I sit in the chair or lay on the couch or sit in the middle of it. I’m not comfortable at home. When I get home I have to get busy right away. Fix me something to eat and find a place to sit that won’t remind me of smoking or being too comfortable. I have to be uncomfortable for now. When i got up this a.m. I made me a bowl of cereal a.s.a.p. Got a swig of water because my mouth was dry and so gross!!. I may swish with mouth was tomorrow first thing. I slept with the window open last night, 57 degrees and 75 in the day. I could breathe the fresh air. I can breathe when I lay down now, no rattle or wheezing, I can actually breathe! Sometimes I cough but, just once, not 20 times, how weird is that? I wish I could quit moving my toes, feet, lets, without being aware of it.

Day 4 – 11/22/07 – Had some trouble sleeping last night. Kept waking up sweating. I guess it is called night sweats. Deep Breathing seems to really help me get past the craves. I’m tired today, as usual. Worked out at gym for 2-hours last night. Some sore muscles today but not bad really. It’s cold today 35 degrees, crazy Kansas weather. No headache today, still hot, yesterday I was cold. Sore throat, teeth hurt, toes still wiggling even at night, very dry Thanksgiving today. I have much to be thankful for.

Some of these things I had forgotten and I am so much better today than I was then. Still wiggling toes, occasional headache, sore throat, no more night sweats. Deep breathing is the best deterrent.

Found another great site today www.smokefree.gov it has information for whatever stage you are at in you quit. Even if you are just thinking about it. Take care of you! More later…

Hello world!

Hello all! This is my first post on this cool site. Below is what I am all about!
Scrapbooking & Photography & Life at 50
Just some pics and blogs about scrapbooking and what’s going on in my life today at 50 years old. I am a non-smoker in progress! Nicotine Free for 16 days (Dec. 4, 2007). How I’m doing and how the Sonny (my Cocker), and the kids are holding up. My love for cycling, photography, and life.

 

More on becoming a Non-Smoker

Okay, 16 days! Yippee! This is the most awesome thing. Thank you God. I know I am not doing this by myself. My Higher Power is helping me every step of the way. I am so grateful that I can smell things, breathe without a rattle or cough, I can taste things, (sometimes the smell and taste thing isn’t so good, like fat free Cappuccino. Yuk!)

All this after only 16 days. Amazing how fast my abused body is healing itself. I have gained about 8 pounds but I have joined the gym and gone five times. My favorite is the cardio workout on the treadmill or bike. It is so cool to get my heart rate up and breathe heavy without wheezing or coughing. I recover pretty fast too. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t all wonderful and lite. My body is healing and I want to sleep all the time. I used to be up at 5:00 or 5:30 a.m. every morning without fail, the same time every day. I didn’t need an alarm. Now I can’t get myself up with an alarm. I slept until 10:30 over the weekend. Very Weird. I guess my body isn’t waking me up for that nicotine fix. Last night I had to set my alarm across the room and set both alarms in case I kept snoozing it. One is set for the Radio and the other the alarm. The second one got me up. Very strange. Read the rest of this entry »

Please be patient. Non-Smoker in progress

Becoming a non-smoker is the most challenging and terrifying thing I have ever gone through. No big surprise though, especially to those of you who, like me, have tried every possible way there is to quit smoking. I tried the patches, the Nicotrol Inhaler, the lozenges, the gum, the herbs, the filters, and of course cold turkey. Did they work? Not a one of them worked for me. Some of them I tried several times, (definitely insane-if it didn’t work the first time why keep trying it over and over again, expecting different results??) duh!! Read the rest of this entry »