If you’re a smoker, you likely have sensitive gums. Here at River Run Dental, we recommend a number of toothpastes to smokers who are coping with gum and teeth sensitivity. Here’s a closer look at a few of our recommendations:
Sensodyne has been around for nearly 60 years. It was specifically formulated to help people overcome tooth and gum sensitivity while still offering cavity protection, fresh breath, and the other benefits that are seen on traditional toothpaste brands. This toothpaste is affordable and can do wonders for sensitivity.
Colgate Sensitive features potassium nitrate, which is an anti-sensitivity ingredient, which can reach deep into the teeth and gums to desensitize them. We suggest this tip because it can provide relief from sensitivity while protecting the teeth against cavities.
Crest Sensi-Relief is a good alternative to Sensodyne because it contains the same proven ingredients. If you don’t like the taste of Sensodyne or similar toothpastes, this may be your best bet as it tastes great.
All of these toothpastes can easily be found at the drugstore, grocery store, or online. If your tooth and gum sensitivity becomes severe, we encourage you to visit our Richmond, VA office. You may have a serious condition that cannot be treated by simply using special toothpaste.
Why the Youth is Vaping vs Smoking in 2023
Vaping and smoking both involve the inhalation of nicotine and other chemicals, but there are a few reasons why young kids may be more likely to vape than smoke:
Accessibility: Vaping devices are often more accessible to young people than traditional cigarettes. For example, e-cigarettes can be purchased online, in many convenience stores, and even in some schools, whereas cigarettes are more heavily regulated and often require proof of age to purchase.
Flavors: E-cigarettes/vapes are available in a wide variety of flavors, which can be attractive to young people. Some flavors, such as fruit and candy flavors, may be particularly appealing to children and teenagers.
Perception of harm: E-cigarettes/vapes are often marketed as a safer alternative to smoking, and some young people may believe that vaping is less harmful than smoking traditional cigarettes.
Social influence: Young people may be influenced by their peers, who may be vaping or using e-cigarettes. Social media and online communities may also play a role in promoting vaping among young people.
It is important to note that vaping and e-cigarette use can still have negative health consequences, particularly for young people whose brains and bodies are still developing. Nicotine use can lead to addiction and harm the developing brain, and there is evidence to suggest that e-cigarette use may increase the risk of future cigarette smoking among young people.
Contact River Run Dental
If you have questions about gum sensitivity and the best toothpaste to use, we encourage you to call our office today at 804-262-1060. We look forward to hearing from you!