Article on Secondhand Smoke and Tooth Decay Highlights Yet Another Reason for Parents to Stop Smoking, Says Dr. Farzad Feiz

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Commenting on the recent article, the Los Angeles area dentist explains that, if one’s own health isn’t a good enough reason to quit smoking, the knowledge that it could be harming children’s health should be more than sufficient.

Dr. Farzad Feiz (left) and Dr. Sean Kutlay, the head dentists at Calabasas Dental Group and California Dental Care.

Dr. Feiz explains that there are several other changes that parents can make for the whole family that can benefit everyone’s dental health.

According to an article published October 22nd by Medscape, children who were exposed to second hand smoke as infants were found to be twice as likely to have dental cavities by the age of three. The study authors explain that “secondhand smoke may directly influence teeth and microorganisms [that cause tooth decay],” yet there is not quite enough data yet to declare direct causality. According to Los Angeles dentist Dr. Farzad Feiz of Calabasas Dental Group and California Dental Care, this study joins the long list of reasons why people should quit smoking to promote better health for themselves and their family. Dr. Feiz explains that, especially when children are young, it is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that everything is being done to give their children the best shot at good health, even when it means changing their own habits. Dr. Feiz explains that there are several other changes that parents can make for the whole family that can benefit everyone’s dental health.

  • Limiting Sugar – Healthcare professionals have long known that sugar is responsible for a great many cavities in children and adults, yet Dr. Feiz notes that Americans overall still eat a diet that is very high in sugar. While some parents adopt the mindset that, because children will soon lose their baby teeth, their dental health is unimportant while they are young, Dr. Feiz explains that this thinking is misguided and wrong. He explains that dental health is often more closely tied to overall health than people realize, and that the health of a person’s teeth is important, no matter if those teeth are permanent or temporary.
  • Getting Sufficient Fluoride – While most dentists and doctors regard the fluoridation of the nation’s water supply as one of the greatest public health advancements in the last century, Dr. Feiz explains that some spurious pseudo-scientific claims have pushed back against the movement. Dr. Feiz notes that, anyone living in an area where the water is not fluoridated should ensure that their family is getting the proper amount of fluoride through other means, including fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash.

While it is often daunting and difficult to know exactly what choices will lead to the best health for young children, Dr. Feiz explains that parents must use all of the information available to them to make the best possible choices. Of course, he explains, it is also the job of the dentist to help parents make these important choices, especially when it comes to oral health. For more information about the dental care that Dr. Feiz and the rest of the team at Calabasas Dental Group and California Dental Care provide patients of all ages, call their offices today at 818-871-0680 (Calabasas location) or 310-207-1060 (West Los Angeles location), or visit the clinic online at

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