More and more American homes are adopting a “No Smoking” policy. According to the latest study by the CDC National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, around eight in ten households have prohibited smoking within their property in 2011. It’s a vast improvement over the 1993 figure of four in ten.
Among U.S. states, Alaska has one of the highest numbers of smoke-free homes at 85.6 percent in 2011, up from 50.8 percent in 1993. In fact, all but 5.3 percent of households in the state have no adult smoker. Study author and CDC smoking issues expert Brian King tells reporters that a change in views and smoking bans in certain public areas greatly influenced the trend.
This certainly comes as good news for no-smoking advocates, particularly medical practitioners who have been educating the public on the dangers of smoking. In addition to being a health hazard, smoking is also an aesthetic hazard, and in fact, is one of the major sources of unsightly teeth stains and discoloration.
Coffee and other food: The lesser evil
Even with the decreasing number of smokers, nonetheless, teeth discolorations remain a concern, primarily because teeth stains may be acquired from other very common and available sources. Coffee, for instance, can also turn teeth several shades darker, because of its dark pigmentation. Additionally, teeth discolorations can come from other dark foods like tomato based sauces, tea, and red wine. They may also be caused by aging and by taking certain medications, among other reasons.
Brushing can help whiten your teeth, but its bristles can only penetrate so much, even if you use whitening toothpaste. At-home whitening kits, on the other hand, may be more potent than whitening toothpaste, but cannot compare with the high-strength whitening agents that an Anchorage cosmetic dentist, like Dr. Preece of the Anchorage Healthy Smile Center, applies.
In-office teeth whitening at Anchorage is done meticulously, with the dentist ensuring that the whitening agent of hydrogen or carbamide peroxide is applied only on the teeth and not the gums. This highly concentrated substance goes beyond the enamel, and can clear even intrinsic stains that have set deeper in teeth.
While quitting smoking is great news for dentists everywhere, it does not completely eliminate the chances of teeth discoloration. Fortunately, highly trained dentists offer long lasting and safe solutions to the problem.
(Source: Study: More than 8 in 10 US homes forbid smoking, Associated Press [c/o KWWL], September 5, 2014)