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Effects of Smoking on Oral Health

With all of the information available about the dangers of smoking, it is surprising
that there are still so  Effects of Smoking on Oral Healthmany people who partake in this bad habit.  It has been proven to cause lung disease, cancer, and heart disease.  There are also a number of reasons as to how smoking harms your oral health too.

As a smoker, if your gums are red, tender, swollen, receding, or bleeding when you brush, that is a sign of gingivitis, which is an early stage of gum disease. If that’s not bad enough, this can eventually lead to tooth loss.

Now, if that’s not enough incentive for you to quit smoking, here’s 7 more reasons:

  • Smoking causes bad breath.  This can be very embarrassing and lead to issues with your self confidence.
  • It yellows your teeth.  Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you.  Being self conscious about discolored teeth can lead to anxiety, especially in work and social settings. Nice white teeth on the other hand, are a reflection of youth and health.  Nothing says “confidence” like a nice, white smile.
  • Smoking puts you at risk for developing cancer of the mouth, lips, tongue, and throat. In other words, putting your life at risk.
  • It reduces your ability to fight infection because it weakens your immune system.
  • Smokers are twice as likely to suffer tooth loss from a buildup of tartar and plaque.
  • It takes smokers longer to heal from oral surgery, such as tooth removal, and dental injuries.
  • Salivary gland openings on the roof of your mouth have the risk to become inflamed.

Is it still worth it to light up that next smoke? It’s natural to ignore the reality of what can happen out of fear, but people need to be educated about the dangers that come with smoking.

You may be worried that you have been smoking for too many years for quitting now to make a difference.  However, there is good news – if you quit today, you will significantly reduce your risks of health issues in the future.

Quitting is obviously not easy, but imagine how amazing you would feel if you did stop smoking, knowing that you could essentially be saving your teeth…AND your life?  Not to mention, you would have a lot of extra money in your pockets.

Speak to your dentist about any oral issues you may have from smoking and to find out what can be done to help to repair any damage.  Also, speak to your doctor to find out what options are available to help you quit.

Quit smoking today. Your future self (and your loved ones) will thank you for it!