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  • "Northport Family Dental provides a very welcoming and professional staff with state of the art technology at their fingertips. On my very first visit as a new patient I was made to feel welcome and comfortable in the clean, pleasant and organized waiting area and treatment room."

  • "This was my first visit and I was immediately impressed by the facility and the professionalism of the staff. I was further impressed by the attention to detail, explanations and information given by the Doctor about the available treatments and my options. Dental treatment is not high on my list of things I look forward to but this was a rewarding and relatively painless experience."

  • "My family and I have been going to Northport Dental for the past 20 years and we love it. Dr. Rubin is awesome and his staff of hygienists, assistants and administrators are all so nice and caring and professional. Dr. Rubin's office is total state of the art - with all the latest high-tech equipment and comfortable atmosphere. We've recommended this office to many friends who are all very happy."

  • "The staff was terrific...very friendly and welcoming. Everything went like clockwork. I can't think of an experience with a dentist that was as reassuring. Doctor Rubin was really something. He was approachable and easy to converse with. The technology and expertise was something to behold."

E-Cigarettes and Vaping

E-Cigarette | Northport Family Dental

A few months back, one of our monthly newsletters had an article that discussed the oral health risks of smokeless tobacco. And one of our patients wrote me asking, “What about vapors? Any studies?”

Well, (and yes, I actually do read what you send me) there are. More every day it seems.

Clinically, I can state that there are not only visible changes that occur when the oral tissues are exposed to the smoke from tobacco but that it also influences the reparative capacity of those tissues, especially in response to inflammation or injury. A recent University of Rochester Medical Center study suggested that e-cigarettes were equally damaging to gums and teeth as conventional cigarettes.

Aside from articles in Dental journals and publications, a quick search on the internet revealed that the popularity of e-cigarettes is growing and discussions about safety, age appropriateness, addictive behavior and health risks are coming from a broad range of sources. A “sub-culture”, apart from those traditional smokers using this nicotine-delivery system to help “kick their habit”, has embraced the e-cigarette as an alternative to tobacco, as a means of social inclusion and/or rebellion. There are contradictory reports as to the efficacy of e-cigarettes in a smoking cessation program and some studies show that their use may actually decrease the chance of success (a 2016 meta-analysis; The Lancet Respiratory Medicine).

According to an article in the Journal of Adolescent Health, “growth of ENDS (electronic nicotine delivery systems) usage has been particularly rapid in the adolescent population, surpassing that of conventional cigarettes in 2014”. In April 2015, the CDC released a report finding that use tripled over the past year among middle and high school students.

E-Cigarette Grown | Northport Family Dental

The Surgeon General’s office recently launched a website aimed at educating parents and those who are influential with our youth. It is informative and useful. Please visit e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov.  

Vaping and Safety

Safety concerns have been growing. Aside from the highly addictive properties of Nicotine, many studies have found that ultrafine particles in the vapor may include small amounts of toxicants, carcinogens, and heavy metals. The use of e-cigarettes during pregnancy has been questioned.

Another concern is the possibility of the device exploding due to malfunction. Severe disfigurement and trauma has occurred as a result. An internet search will quickly yield reports of many unfortunate cases.

Effects of E-Cigarettes | Northport Dentist

There is so much more information available about this social phenomena and I hope that you explore, become more informed and bring your thoughts for discussion.

Northport Family Dental welcomes your input. Call us today for more info!

 

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