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Happy 2015!  I can't believe it is going to be 72 on January 28th in Kansas.

We have had a few patients ask about the effects of E-Cigarettes vs. Regular Cigarettes. E-Cigarettes are still so new that there haven't been too many studies regarding the long term effects to a person's health. It has been shown that E-cigarettes do help with the overall health of the body, however, the oral health is still at risk. Nicotine is what affects your oral health and this product is found in both regular cigarettes and E-cigarettes.
It is well documented that smokers have a much greater risk of tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss than non-smokers.
Since the E-Cigarettes deliver nicotine directly into the mouth of the smoker, the concentration of this chemical is high. Here are some of the effects of nicotine, including those which affect your oral health:

Nicotine constricts arteries, making it more difficult for your heart to pump blood through your body. Repeated nicotine exposure, whether through tobacco, ‘chew’ (or smokeless tobacco), or e-cigarettes, contributes to coronary artery disease, acute cardiac ischemic events (heart attacks), and hypertension (high blood pressure).
Many studies have also linked nicotine to stroke, peptic ulcer disease , esophageal reflux, and slow wound healing.
Nicotine can also cause fat and cholesterol to be released into the bloodstream.
Since your gum health is related to the health of all body tissues, it is no surprise that your oral health is affected.
Nicotine has been shown to adversely affect gingival (gum) blood flow, immune cell function, and connective tissue remodeling, all of which are thought to be the mechanisms responsible for periodontal disease.
Several studies have also shown a link between nicotine use of any kind, and an increase in oral cancer.

Let us know if we can answer any other questions you may have regarding this matter. We will be happy to discuss them with you.

******Also a reminder, we have the BOX TOP Challenge going on for a gift card to Target! Don't forget to cut them out of your boxes! 25 Box Tops is one entry

Who gets cold sores? We have a new medicine we would like to try. We received THREE... If you start to feel the tingling and sensation that goes along with getting a cold sore popping up please give us a call and we can apply the medicine. It is supposed to clear it up in three days. We only have three so call us quickly!

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We would like to congratulate Kristina on 9 years with us!! We love having you as part of our team. 
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