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May 31, 2016
Category: Oral Health

What you need to know about smoking and your smile

Does your smile look years older because of smoking? Do you have heavy yellow or brown stains on your teeth because of heavy smokingtobacco use? If so, you can reverse the effects smoking has on your smile, thanks to state-of-the-art dental procedures like teeth whitening treatments and porcelain veneers. Dr. Kathleen Geipe, your Salisbury, Maryland dentist, wants you to know all about smoking and your smile.

You can try over-the-counter whitening treatments, but many of these products only remove surface stains, providing minimal benefit. If you do notice results, chances are the difference won’t be dramatic enough, and the results might only last a few months.

Dr. Geipe offers professional teeth whitening for a more permanent solution. She can whiten your teeth up to eight shades whiter, and the results can last up to five years!

You can choose from two different methods, each with great results. Consider:

  • An in-office whitening treatment, if you want dramatically whiter teeth in a minimal amount of time; the treatment takes about an hour, and is the perfect solution for busy people.
  • A take-home whitening kit, if you want to whiten your teeth privately in the comfort of your home; take-home kits allow you to whiten whenever you want and are the perfect solution for people who want convenience.

If your teeth are badly stained and you want a permanent solution, you should consider porcelain veneers. They can last for many years if properly cared for. They look totally natural because they are made of beautiful, translucent porcelain. They are also stain resistant, thanks to the high-tech materials used.

Call your Salisbury dentist today

Whether you want quick results with a teeth whitening treatment or you want permanent results with porcelain veneers, you deserve the best. Call Dr. Kathleen Geipe in Salisbury, Maryland. She is a member of the prestigious Pierre Fauchard Academy, an international dental honor society, and she is also a member of the International College of Dentists. Call today and reverse the effects smoking has on your smile!

By Kathleen M. Geipe, DDS, PA
January 20, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   smoking  

It’s been widely established for decades that cigarette smoking contributes to cancer and heart disease. But did you know smoking will also increase your risk of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease, as well as nuisance problems like tooth staining, bad breath and diminished taste perception?

Its effects on your teeth and mouth are all the more reason to quit smoking. But deciding and following through are two different things: many smokers find it painfully difficult to quit due to their addiction to nicotine, tobacco’s active ingredient.

But while difficult, it can be done. Here are 4 tips to help you follow through on your decision to quit smoking.

Change Your Response to Stress. Cigarette smoking is closely tied to the pleasure and reward areas of your brain. With its “hit” of nicotine, you sub-consciously identify smoking as a way to relieve the unpleasant feelings of stress. Instead, substitute other stress relievers when it occurs: going for a walk, talking to a friend or taking a few deep breaths. In time, this substitution will wear down the trigger response to stress you’ve developed with smoking.

Gradually Reduce Nicotine. You don’t have to quit abruptly or “cold turkey”: over the course of a few weeks, try switching to brands with decreasing levels of nicotine. Each week change to a brand with 0.2-0.4 milligrams less nicotine yield than the brand you were smoking the previous week. When you reach the lowest nicotine yield you can find, begin reducing the number of cigarettes you smoke each day. You can find a list of nicotine yields by brand at

Quitting Loves Company. While you’re responsible for quitting, you may also benefit from the support of others. Usually eight to ten weeks of peer group sessions, a cessation support group provides instruction and ample structure with others engaged in the same struggle. You can usually locate one of these support groups by asking your healthcare provider.

Talk to Your Doctor or Dentist. Next to you or your family, no one wants you to quit more than we do! We can provide you information, treatment and encouragement as you take this big step toward improving your life and health.

If you would like more information on how to quit smoking, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic and more tips for quitting by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “10 Tips to Help You Stop Smoking.”