We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. Our office has resumed offering full services as of June 4, 2020. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety. Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have noticed this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example: 
Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in other places your you to use as needed.
You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment. we are currently looking to add more days and/or hours to our schedule to help catch up.
We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 518-885-7551 or send us an email: contactus@janpfugaldds.com. Thank you for being our patient and part of our family. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.
Sincerely,
Dr Jan P Fugal DDS, Tabatha, Tammy, Kristen, Rhyannon and Tanisha. 

Why Smoking Is Bad for Your Dental Health

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Are you a smoker and wondering how smoking affects your dental health? For almost half a century, we have been warned by the Surgeon General that smoking is bad for our health. One thing that has not been given the attention it warrants is the fact that smoking is also bad for your dental health and can create major dental problems.

Smoking and your dental health

Staining

Smoking and the use of tobacco products is bad for your dental health because of the effects it has on your teeth and gums. Cigarettes stain your teeth because of the tar and nicotine in the tobacco, which makes your teeth turn yellow or brown, depending on how long you have been smoking.

Gum disease

You also put yourself at risk of gum disease when you smoke or use smokeless tobacco. The chemicals in the tobacco cause inflammation around your teeth because of a shortage of oxygen in your bloodstream, which prevents your gums from healing quickly.

Oral cancer

Tobacco use also increases your risk of oral cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, 90 percent of people with oral cancer have used tobacco products. Smokers are also six times more likely to develop oral cancer than non-smokers, while smokeless tobacco users are 50 times more likely to develop oral cancer than people who do not use tobacco products.

Are there oral hygiene products designed for smokers?

Yes, if you are a smoker and want to reduce your chances of tooth decay and gum disease, there are kinds of toothpaste that are specifically made for smokers to help remove the stains on your teeth and improve your breath. However, these products will not reduce your likelihood of getting cancer, so quitting the habit is the best option.

How do I quit using tobacco?

Giving up smoking or smokeless tobacco can be difficult, especially if you have been using tobacco for a long time. However, it is worth it because of the benefits to your general and dental health. If you are ready to quit the habit, you need to come up with a plan and stick to it. If you do not think you need any help, you can try quitting cold turkey.

If you do not think you can give it up without help, you can use any of the over-the-counter quitting aids available at pharmacies or you can ask your doctor to prescribe medication to help you quit smoking.

The most important thing to keep in mind when you want to quit smoking is the fact that it is an addiction, and like other addictions, there will be setbacks. You should talk to your dentist or find a group of former smokers you can talk to, especially when you are craving some nicotine.

Conclusion

Smoking is bad for your dental health and significantly increases your chances of losing your teeth and developing oral cancer. If you are a smoker and are ready to give up the habit, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist for information that can help you stop smoking.

Request an appointment here: or call Jan P. Fugal DDS at (518) 885-7551 for an appointment in our Ballston Spa office.

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