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How Does Smoking Affect Oral Health?

Posted on 2/8/2021 by Henricksen Family Dental
How Does Smoking Affect Oral Health?Smoking has been clearly linked to an increased risk of serious health conditions, such as lung cancer and emphysema. However, many patients are unaware of the serious oral health effects caused by smoking tobacco products. Smoking can not only damage the aesthetics of your smile, but it can cause serious consequences in terms of your gums and other soft tissues as well.

Affects of Smoking On Your Teeth and Gums

One of the most notable effects of smoking on your teeth is the presence of yellow staining. This staining can be difficult to remove and require multiple whitening treatments, as well as an elimination of tobacco use to overcome. In addition, smoking makes patients more vulnerable to gum disease and causes an increase in plaque build-up.

Patients that already have gum disease will find that it progresses more quickly. This is because smoking causes a lack of oxygen to the gums, which reduces or limits the gum's ability to heal from inflammation. As the inflammation worsens and bacteria continues to accumulate, the effects of gum disease will become more apparent and require more invasive treatments. Gum disease can eventually result in tooth loss.

Health Effects of Smoking On Your Oral Cavity

Not only does smoking damage your teeth and gums, but it can also affect the rest of your oral cavity as well. Oral cancer is one of the most dangerous forms of cancer that account for nearly 3% of annual new cancer cases, according to the Mayo Clinic. Smoking is the strongest indicator of an increased risk of developing oral cancer due to the carcinogenic effects.

If you would like to learn more about the risks of smoking or need help making a change in your habits, our professionals are happy to help. You can contact our office for more information.

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