Effects Of Smoking On Oral Health

Smoking cigarettes can cause a lot of health conditions and medical problems that often lead to fatal diseases. Smoking is one of the most avoidable habits, but most smokers don’t realize the drastic damages they do to their health when they light up a cigarette or chew tobacco products. Some of the problems associated with smoking include tooth loss, gum disease, mouth ulcers, bad breath, tooth staining and in some cases oral cancer. Tobacco contains harmful chemicals that sometimes can cause irreversible conditions. Quitting smoking is the best way to reduce health risks associated with the consumption of tobacco products.

Teeth stains
When you smoke tobacco cigarettes for a long time your teeth start getting decolorized due to the high volumes of tar and nicotine that accumulates in your mouth and body. Regular smokers are found to have yellow stains on their teeth while heavy smokers get brown teeth after prolonged periods of smoking.

How smoking affects your gums and teeth 
Gum diseases are the most common causes of tooth loss in most people. Cigarette smoking can cause gum problems when bacterial plague accumulates around your gums. This condition occurs when the plague blocks gum blood vessels from circulating blood. Prolonged smoking can worsen gum diseases, and it’s wisely recommended for one to stop smoking early enough in order to prevent severe damages to gums and entire oral health.

Is smoking linked with Cancer? 
Lung cancer is one of the deadliest types of cancer that can be avoided by quitting smoking. A lot of research done on smokers has revealed that tobacco causes throat and mouth cancer. However, due to lack of enough public awareness and general information about tobacco use, most people are unaware of the cancer risks they put themselves through while smoking.

What smoking does to your oral health
The most common oral ailments that affect smokers include; oral cancer, whitening of the oral mucosa, poor healing after gum and mouth surgery, periodontal disease, bad breath, and bad taste, and stained teeth. Periodontal disease is quite common among so many heavy smokers. This disease is caused by an infection that attacks bones surrounding the teeth and gum. If the disease is left untreated, bacteria plaque hardens to form tartar or calculus. The tartar can make the teeth to become loose and fall out by themselves. 

Generally, most smokers don’t necessarily develop bleeding gums since they tend to have a very poor blood supply to their gums.

How to recognize if you need treatment
If you are a seasonal or regular smoker, it’s good to take care of your oral hygiene in order to live a healthier life. Some of the health problems associated with smoking can be cured if detected early enough before they spread and become uncontrollable. At ProCare Dentistry, we treat all types of oral conditions associated with smoking and help our patient to quit smoking. If you are suffering from any problem caused by tobacco products, feel free to contact ProCare Dentistry for help. Our highly qualified dentists can schedule an appointment where you can receive personalized care and more attention on your oral health.

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