Coronavirus Announcement Now Offering Telehealth Consultations! COVID-19 Patient Screening Form

Dear Patients and Parents,

We are thrilled to announce the immediate availability of our secure telehealth video service! We now offer fully HIPAA-compliant video conferencing for our patients and friends that is:

Our new video chat service is completely safe and secure, fully protects the privacy of the patient, and works on Android and iOS, on PCs and Macs! The software is fully vetted and tested so that our patients and friends can rest assured that their protected health information will remain private and secure. All you need to have is a computer, tablet or smartphone with Web Cam and audio capabilities and a good internet connection! We are now scheduling appointments for new and established patients to video chat directly with the dentist to review your existing treatment plans and/or answer any of your dental need questions. Patients may schedule video chat appointments by calling our office and speaking with our staff available during business hours Monday through Friday.

Sincerely,
W. Roger Long, DDS, PA
Bethany T. Wierzbicki, DMD, MBA

How Smoking Can Affect Your Teeth

illustration of St Lucie County Dentist 

Many still smoke despite being aware of the significant harm it can cause to their teeth, gums, and mouth. It’s one of the leading causes of specific gum problems and one of the main reasons people get dark teeth. Fortunately, their teeth can still be whitened by a St. Lucie County dentist. Here are some facts regarding this harmful habit if you’re interested in learning more about how smoking can affect your teeth.

What Are the Effects of Smoking

It Discolors Your Teeth

The enamel on your teeth creates a bright white surface for each tooth that gets darker if you don’t practice proper oral hygiene. Even though the surface of your teeth may seem solid, they could develop minute fissures that are invisible to the eye. As they are brittle with time and use, these cracks finally absorb everything you put in your mouth.

When you smoke a cigarette, nicotine and tar seep into these gaps and quickly stain your teeth. Unfortunately, brushing, mouthwash, or flossing won’t be able to stop these toxins from sticking to your enamel. This is why smoking a pack of cigarettes daily will prevent you from keeping your teeth white.

It Promotes Tartar and Plaque Growth

Saliva keeps your mouth clean and stain-free by clearing away food particles and debris from the surface of your teeth. Smoking, on the other hand, encourages the growth of germs since tobacco products contain ingredients that significantly reduce saliva production. As you smoke, the bacteria-filled plaque forms on your teeth and along your gum line, which causes problems for your oral health. 

You Will Get Bad Breath

Smoke from cigarettes lingers on your tongue, cheeks, and teeth. Furthermore, it leaves a chemical residue in your mouth that emits a bad odor when mixed with saliva. Even though maintaining proper dental hygiene might help you address the issue, quitting smoking is the best way to eliminate cigarette breath.

Are You Interested in Whitening Your Teeth By Seeing a St. Lucie County Dentist?

Here at Smooth Sailing Dental, we offer the best dental care available. Give us a call today to learn more about the services we offer.

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Coronavirus Announcement Now Offering Telehealth Consultations! COVID-19 Patient Screening Form

Dear Patients and Parents,

We are thrilled to announce the immediate availability of our secure telehealth video service! We now offer fully HIPAA-compliant video conferencing for our patients and friends that is:

Our new video chat service is completely safe and secure, fully protects the privacy of the patient, and works on Android and iOS, on PCs and Macs! The software is fully vetted and tested so that our patients and friends can rest assured that their protected health information will remain private and secure. All you need to have is a computer, tablet or smartphone with Web Cam and audio capabilities and a good internet connection! We are now scheduling appointments for new and established patients to video chat directly with the dentist to review your existing treatment plans and/or answer any of your dental need questions. Patients may schedule video chat appointments by calling our office and speaking with our staff available during business hours Monday through Friday.

Sincerely,
W. Roger Long, DDS, PA
Bethany T. Wierzbicki, DMD, MBA