MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- Mount Kisco dentist Carolyn Clemenza is joining the fight against youth smoking by providing patient education on the topic.
The Food and Drug Education recently announced their “National Education Campaign to Prevent Youth Tobacco Use” that will help bring to light the serious risks facing American children, and Dr. Clemenza is embracing the campaign.
“They say the best way to quit smoking is never to start,” Dr. Clemenza says. “Alerting children to the hazards of smoking is an important step in possibly preventing future smokers. My practice is proud to help participate in this type of endeavor.”
The campaign’s goal is to reduce the number of kids ages 12 to 17 who become regular smokers. Despite the dangers, more than 3,200 children under the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette daily in the United States, according to the U.S. Drug and Food Administration. It is estimated that 700 become daily cigarette smokers.
The FDA campaign spotlights “real cost” messages targeting 12- to 17-year-olds. These print and broadcast ads highlight the cosmetic impacts of smoking, including gum disease that could cause teeth loss.
The campaign will start with cigarettes and expand to smokeless and other tobacco products. The first TV ads began airing in mid-February. Among the messages:
• See what your smile could look like if you smoke
• Smoking could cost your teeth
• Smoking cigarettes can cause yellow teeth, bad breath and gum disease
• If you're playing with cigarettes, you're harming your teeth
• Don't smile, smoking may stain your teeth
• Smoking causes gum disease, which could cost you your teeth
• Smoking causes bad breath, may stain teeth and causes gum disease that can lead to tooth loss
Dr. Clemenza, DDS has been practicing general and restorative dentistry in Northern Westchester County for more than 15 years. After graduating from Fordham University, Dr. Clemenza earned her doctoral degree from the Georgetown University School of Dentistry. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the Ninth District Dental Society and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
For more information about Dr. Clemenza’s practice, visit: her website.