HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. December 15, 2017
More than 20 percent of Americans smoke, and more than half of Americans drink alcohol regularly. As common as these habits are, most people are not aware that they can have negative effects on their dental health. Both tobacco and alcohol use can increase the risk of a variety of dental problems, such as gum disease and tooth decay. A recent study also links them to dental filling failure. Orange County Dentist, Dr. A. Rassouli comments on the study linking problems with dental fillings and smoking and drinking.
The study, which was published in “Frontiers in Medicine,” explored the failure rate in composite resin fillings. Composite resin fillings, which are often called tooth-colored or white fillings, are a newer type of dental filling that offers patients a more aesthetic alternative to amalgam fillings, which are silver and contain potentially problematic mercury. Both composite resin and amalgam fillings were similarly durable. However, certain factors could increase the likelihood of failure in composite fillings, including lifestyle habits. Not only did those who drink alcohol experience higher filling failure rates, but men who smoked also had higher filling failure rates.
Understanding the factors that can affect the long-term success or failure of restorations can help Dr. Rassouli and patients make better choices when it comes to preventive and restorative dentistry. Patients may benefit from quitting smoking or reducing alcohol intake while Dr. Rassouli might recommend more frequent cleanings along with periodic fluoride applications or other preventive treatments. With good dental habits and regular dental checkups, patients can maximize the lifespan of their fillings and reduce the risk of new cavities or worsening decay.
About Dr. Anthony Rassouli
Dr. Rassouli is a graduate of USC Dental School and a co-founder of the South Coast Dental Academy. He has served as a part-time clinical faculty member at USC and was a member of the school’s prestigious Century Club. Today, Dr. Rassouli is proud to offer comprehensive dentistry that includes one-visit crowns, Invisalign, sleep apnea treatments, TMJ treatments, periodontal treatments, Zoom whitening, porcelain veneers, dental implants, and full and partial dentures.
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