As well as your overall health, smoking has a negative impact on your dental health. When you smoke, bacteria in dental plaque become more harmful. This ultimately affects not only your teeth, but your gums and mouth too. Let’s take a deeper look into the effects of smoking:
Discoloration and Tooth Decay
The most obvious impact is tooth and tongue discoloration. Over time, your teeth will become yellow or brown. Smoking and chewing tobacco also lead to bad breath, loss of smell and loss of taste. These harmful products cause tooth decay and cavities, increasing plaque and tartar buildup on teeth. Other complications include weak teeth.
Smoking lowers your body’s immune system, making it difficult to fight off infection and recover from surgery. Consequently, you are more likely to develop gum disease, leading to jaw bone and tooth pain. Conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, and issues with pregnancy can also arise from smoking.
Leukoplakia and Oral Cancer
When smoking or using a tobacco product, leukoplakia can occur. Leukoplakia is the development of white patches in your mouth (can be on your gums, tongue or cheeks) and can increase your chances of cancer. Generally, cancer forms around the leukoplakia patches or within the patches. To learn more about oral cancer symptoms, please visit our blog here.
At Premier Dental Associates of Lower Manhattan, our patients’ health is important to us. If you smoke or have been using tobacco products, please let us know at your next appointment so we can examine your dental health accordingly. If you are experiencing any dental pain or notice any changes to your dental health, such as white patches in your mouth or inflamed gums, please contact us right away at 212-587-0202.
Note: Tobacco is detrimental to your health. Please contact a medical professional to help you minimize or stop usage of these products.
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