I’m sure this isn’t the first time you’ve heard that smoking can negatively impact your oral health. It can damage the mouth, gum, and teeth. Therefore, you should educate yourself in order to protect yourself.
How does smoking affect your oral health?
- Gum diseases – Smoking makes gum and periodontal tissue more susceptible to infections. It also can cause delayed healing after dental procedures. Smoking increases plaque build-up leading to gum inflammation which can eventually lead to tooth loss.
- Effects on teeth – Smoking causes oral dryness, making your teeth more prone to cavities. Smoking causes yellow stains on teeth, which can turn into brown stains after years of smoking.
- Bad breath – Smoking causes bad breath and it can also lead to taste alteration and metallic taste.
- Interfere with dental procedures – Smoking lowers the success rate of many dental procedures, including dental implant procedures. It causes delayed healing, infections, and bone loss.
- Increase the risk of oral cancer – Smokers are at 10 times higher risk for oral cancer compared to non-smokers.
Smokers should take extra care of their mouth and teeth. Mouthwash and abrasive toothpaste are recommended.
How can we help you?
Smokers are advised to visit our office on a regular basis. We will perform exams to make sure that your whole mouth is healthy. We can also help you to be aware of any signs of other conditions that may need more care.
Contact our office at 440.354.0705 to schedule your next visit or request one online.
Patrick J Soria, DDS