It is no secret that smoking has an array of bad side effects on your health. However, it is important that those who smoke understand that smoking affects dental health but can also cause other major oral health concerns.
Oral cancer is a great risk for those who smoke, but there are other serious concerns that many people tend to overlook. Periodontal disease affects the gums and tissues that surround and support the teeth. Periodontal disease attacks the bone around the teeth, and it can cause loosening of the teeth making them susceptible to loss. While periodontal disease is a very serious issue, it is preceded by a lesser issue that, when handled in a proper time frame, can be treated.
Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums that is caused by plaque buildup on the gum line. Gingivitis presents itself as swollen, tender gums, gum bleeding, bad breath, receding gum line, and loose teeth. Gingivitis is often made worse by smoking, and those who smoke have poorer periodontal health than those who do not smoke. Smoking and using tobacco problems leaves the gums vulnerable to health concerns because they are irritated and damaged. This irritation leaves the gums at a high risk for oral diseases to set in. An open wound (e.g. gums irritated by tobacco) will easily absorb the bacteria-laden plaque that is at the gum line, and the gum disease will progress quickly. Smoking also reduces the effectiveness of the immune system, reducing the antibodies necessary to fight gum disease.
Smoking and the use of any type of tobacco is a real drag on your dental health. It causes irreversible damage to the gums and mouth, and leaves it susceptible to disease. Smoking affects dental health. At Hello Family Dental, we are here to help you break the habit of smoking. We will also work with you to reverse the damage that has been done to your mouth in order to achieve optimal oral health. Please call us today to schedule an appointment.