By now we all know that smoking is incredibly harmful to your general health. It can cause many different medical problems and, in some cases, fatal diseases. But what about the impact on your oral health?
Smoking can lead to tooth staining, gum disease, tooth loss, and in more severe cases mouth cancer.
Gum Disease: People who smoke are more likely to produce bacterial plaque, which leads to gum disease. The gums are affected because smoking causes a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream, so the infected gums don’t heal. Smoking causes people to have more dental plaque and causes gum disease to get worse more quickly than in non-smokers. Gum disease is still the most common cause of tooth loss in adults.
Stained Teeth: Another effects of smoking is staining on the teeth due to the nicotine and tar in tobacco. It can make your teeth yellow in a very short time, and heavy smokers often complain that their teeth are almost brown after years of smoking. The heavier stained teeth are very difficult to rejuvenate.
Oral Cancer: We know that smoking can cause lung and throat cancer, but it’s the main cause of mouth cancer too. Thousands of people die from mouth cancer brought on by smoking every year.
If you choose to continue to smoke you’re dentist can still conduct regular, yet more through bi-annual exams on you. He or she will also examine your cheeks, tongue and throat for any signs of other conditions that may need more investigation.
For more information on oral health contact Berry Hill Dentistry at 516-921-1717.