Smoking Tobacco and Your Teeth
Many smoking-related hazards, such as heart disease and lung cancer, are well known. Fewer people are aware that smoking can also be hazardous to their dental health. Smoking tobacco can cause bad breath, leave unsightly stains on your teeth and dull your sense of taste and smell, but the risks do not stop there.
Because smoking affects circulation, smokers may experience delayed healing or an increased risk of certain complications after dental procedures. They are more prone to developing gum disease, cavities and dental issues that necessitate root canal treatment. Smokers also may find it more difficult to address aesthetic issues and have fewer options. Perhaps most distressing, smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to develop oral cancer, a potentially life-threatening condition.
If you are a smoker, quitting is the best way for you to reduce your risk of developing dental health problems linked to tobacco. However, quitting can be difficult. Nicotine is highly addictive, so having a plan is essential. A healthy diet and regular exercise can all help you kick the habit. Our North Hollywood dentist may be able to make other suggestions or prescribe medication that can help boost your ability to succeed.
Smokers and non-smokers can both benefit from good dental hygiene that includes twice daily brushing, daily flossing and regular dental checkups. Smokers may need to visit our dentist more frequently than twice a year in order to monitor their dental health and catch the earliest signs of problems. Contact us today to learn more about quitting smoking or to schedule your consultation.
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