Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS
1755 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001

Chewing tobacco is dangerous for dental health

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If you smoke, then you’ve probably been told by your doctor that you should quit for the health of your heart and lungs, and by the dentist that you should give up this dangerous habit for the sake of your teeth. According to HealthyTeeth.org, cigarettes may cause stained teeth and shrinking gums, which is why it’s important to quit. While some people may swap cigarettes for chewing tobacco when they are trying to quit, this form of tobacco may actually be worse for the teeth.

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, chewing tobacco can cause oral cancer, and the sugar in smokeless tobacco may cause decay in exposed tooth roots. Furthermore, chewing tobacco may cause the gums to pull away from the teeth where the tobacco is being held. When this occurs, the gums will not go back into place.

For all of these reasons, it’s important for people who smoke or use chewing tobacco to talk to their doctor or dentist about ways to quit before these two equally dangerous habits may permanently affect dental health.

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Dr. Machlus was wonderful with my daughter. He explained everything that he was going to do and made sure she was comfortable the entire visit.
Elizabeth D.
So painless that I fell asleep during a root canal.
Terrell C.
Good experience. Well explained.
Craig N.
The staff was very friendly and I received a very thorough examination.
Cindy S.
How can you lose in a caring and professional environment where the staff are just as pleased with their work as you are?
Patrick M.
Dr. Stephen Finkelman and his staff are wonderful. I know that I am in good hands whenever I go. The office is clean, the staff is friendly and they […]
Dianne G.
Dr. Machlus and his staff are very thorough, gentle, caring health professionals.
Irving T.
Professional, courtious service
Peter D.
Dr. Finkelman was great!
Madalynn S.
No waiting. Dr. Finkelman explained each process as it took place.
Carol M.
Excellent level of care.
Irving T.
I had a pleasant experience! Everyone was so friendly, and the service was so quick.
Khadijah B.
Excellent customer service and expert dental work.
Bobbie B.
Always a great experience. Hardly any pain and very caring. Informs you of every step as he does it.
Anonymous
Everyone was excellent!
Barton A.
I had a question of an item Dr Finkleman had done to my mouth. I returned and he explained again and things are perfect.
Audrey R.
For a procedure I dread, both dentist and assitant were sensitive and explained what they were doing.
Cathy R.
As a person that has great anxiety when it comes to dentists, Dr. Machlus was exceptional. The entire staff was warm and welcoming. They were […]
Rebecca D.
Could not ask for a more a courteous, efficient and professional staff and satisfying outcome.
Richard C.
My experience with the doctor I was very pleased! Thank you for making my visited a pleasantly one.
Connie P.
I only see doctor Finkelman so my referances will be for him and his work.
Anonymous
The staff and Doctors are wonderful. I went in thinking I had a cavity. My appointment was at 4:30 pm and the office closed at 5:00pm. It turned out […]
Karen J.
I had an excellent experience. I recovered quickly from my root canal.
Nyoka M.
I always feel confident that my teeth are in the best hands when Dr. Machlus is treating me. Thank you.
Rhea C.
Professional and Caring.
Deborah D.
Very nice staff, was a little nervous and embarrassed about my teeth but they made me feel at ease.
Anonymous
Taken right on time. Treated in a professional manner. Almost getting to be fun----
Pat D.
Very kind and great service.
Kiri R.
Have been coming to this office for many, many years. I am always treated with respect and professionally.
Pat D.
Dr. Finkelman is wonderful; staff is pleasant and efficient. The music in the exam room was too loud for my taste.
Christine C.
Exemplary levels of care, intellect, communication, attention to detail, and all-out "Balls To The Wall" application of all of the most advanced […]
Patrick M.
Dr. Machlus almost makes going to the dentist pleasant, as much possible by being pleasant, that is. He is a caring man, and not only a doctor but a […]
Arthur V.
We love Dr. Machlus!!!
Anonymous
Have been with Dr. Machlus for many, many years. He is always the professional and you leave his office knowing that you were in good hands. He only […]
Daniel B.
Over the years I've had many Dentists ranging from one really bad one to the absolute best, Dr. Finkelman. Thank you!
Paul S.
excellent visit to the dentist....everyone was friendly and efficient....state of the art office equipment
Cheryl H.
No complaints at all - Dr. Finkelman was kind and considerate of how I felt.
Anonymous
Great service, excellent work, cheerful staff. What more could you want?
Patrick M.
My anxiety was high while waiting to have my small procedure done, however I put right at ease when I sat in the chair. Although timely, I was made […]
Jennifer R.
Dr. Machlus and Donna are wonderful!! Very kind and gentle!!
Denise G.
Dr. Machlus and his team are very caring and meticulous in their work.
Irving T.
Fabulous job. I was in and out in a half hour, and the novacaine wore off by the time I got home. The filling looks fantastic, and the tooth issues […]
Patrick M.
personable, professional, proficient
Richard C.
Dr. Machlus is the most caring and skilled Dentist. His staff are just as warm and professional.
Harra H.
Very caring and professional staff
Harra H.
All the dentists I have been to these two know what to do...I used to ask my old dentist what he's doing today with dr machlus I just let him do his […]
Christoph D.
Always a very satisfied patient. Good careful treatment. Appointments are efficient and work is top notch.
Richard H.
Dr. Machlus and Donna are very patient and caring!!
Denise G.
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