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Smoking and Your Oral Health Elk Grove, CA
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Unlike popular movies and TV shows in the 1940s, people today know that smoking is detrimental to their health. Millions of people worldwide have died or suffered long-term negative health consequences from smoking and tobacco use. While the number of people who smoke in 2021 has dramatically declined, there are still many smoke-related deaths and diseases every year. While you may understand the harmful effects of smoking on your overall health, smoking also negatively affects your oral health.

The adverse effects of smoking go well beyond stained teeth and bad breath. Stained teeth are cosmetic problems that can be changed with teeth whitening, and bad breath can be masked with toothpaste, mouthwash, and chewing gum. However, the following effects of smoking cannot be masked – and they can be deadly.

  • Weakened Immune System &ndash Tobacco usage causes people’s immune systems to become compromised. When their immunity is low, they have a weakened defense against oral infections, diseases, and longer recovery from injury or dental surgical procedures.
  • Gum Disease – According to the CDC, people who smoke are twice as likely to develop gum disease. Severe gum disease is irreversible, and it is a contributing factor to heart disease, diabetes, miscarriage, and low-weight births.
  • Tooth Decay & Tooth Loss – Inside the mouth are millions of oral bacteria. Tobacco enhances bacterial production, which leads to plaque and tartar buildup, cavities, tooth decay, and tooth loss.
  • Ulcers & Mouth Sores – Tobacco is an abrasive substance that can cause inflammation and infection. Also, with a weakened immune system (as mentioned above), oral health issues are much more prevalent in tobacco users.
  • Gum Recession – Alongside gum disease, decay, and mouth sores, receding gums will also occur. Without full gum coverage, the stability of the teeth and the health of your smile will be compromised.
  • Oral Cancer – The harmful chemicals found in cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and vaping devices cause mutation in the healthy cells of the mouth and throat. Oral cancer is a deadly disease.

At Ora Dentistry, we encourage you to take control of your health by stopping all tobacco use. Your smile, and your life, depend on it.

Posted on behalf of Ora Dentistry

2733 Elk Grove Blvd, Suite 180
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Phone: (916) 975-1000


Monday - Thursday 7:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 7:00am - 4:00pm


Cynthia B.

Very confused by the website and advertising as an after hour/emergency dental service. I broke a tooth this evening and was looking for emergency dental services for the earliest appointment. I called and a receptionist/operator picked up on a Friday evening close to 8 p.m. and said that the emergency dental service was only for existing patients. That isn't on the website and in fact, the top line on the website states if you need emergency dental care , call. Don't mind that they aren't able to see me, but the operator needs a better script when explaining their services and should also provide better service or don't be an after hour receptionist. She also never asked me if I WAS an existing patient. Would love to give no stars, but I can't post unless I pick one. UPDATE: So wasn't expecting the owner of the practice to call me. I spoke with Dr. Dalla and he explained in detail their policies and calmed my anxiety regarding my broken tooth.. I appreciate that he is a business owner that pays attention to what is being said about his practice and would take the time to follow up. I may have found a new dentist.

Abida G.

I’ve been searching for a dental office for my special needs daughter for a long time. I called many offices explaining her situation that she had Autism and anxiety and I was told they didn’t see special needs kids. I came across Ora Dentistry through my google search and gave them a call explained to them my situation and they told me they’d be happy to see her. We scheduled an appointment. On the day of the appointment I called again and explained her situation and told them she would like her sister and mom to be there for support due to her anxiety and they were totally accommodating and that put me at ease. We got to our appointment and were greeted by Bridgette she was AMAZING with my daughter she made her feel SUPER comfortable through out the entire process! I’ve never seen my daughter so calm and relaxed. When the doctor came in to do his exam on her he too was beyond nice and again made my daughter feel at ease. I really have to thank Ora dentistry for their excellent service! If you have a special needs child this is the place to go! Highly recommend it!

Steve F.

Two years ago I visited this office to assess the viability of getting an implant for a lost tooth. On that first visit Dr. Dalla had x-rays taken, made the assessment, provided me with options, including performing an implant on a lost back molar. I consented, and right then and there, he performed the actual implant and gave me a return appointment to insure all was healing well. Then, 3 months later, he fitted me with the abutment and took impressions for the crown. Two weeks after that the crown was installed. Not only was the work done in record time, but it has been the best fitting crown I've ever had, and I've had 18 crowns in my lifetime of 68 years. This was my second implant. My first implant was by another dental office and does not come close to compare with Dr. Dalla's work. His implant and crown feel like healthy, natural teeth, and in fact, I chew most of my food using that new "molar." I wish I would have gone to him long ago. By far the best around. He is a perfectionist, and is demanding of himself. Just what you should want in someone performing your dental work. Highest recommendations!

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2733 Elk Grove Blvd, Suite 180
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Phone: (916) 975-1000

Opening Times:

Monday - Thursday 7:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 7:00am - 4:00pm