Tobacco and Your Oral Health

We all know that cigarettes are deadly. Smoking is the number one preventable cause of both cancer and lung disease. Smoking leads to several hundred thousand premature deaths in the United States every year.

Cigarettes Damage the Dental Region

But many people probably don’t realize that smoking results in severe damage to the dental region which includes your:

  • Teeth
  • Gums
  • Tongue
  • Throat

Smoking has been linked to several negative consequences for the dental region, including:

  • Foul-smelling breath
  • Oral cancer
  • Dry mouth
  • Gum disease
  • Diminished sense of taste and smell
  • Discolored teeth
  • A reduction in jawbone matter
  • Inhibits your body’s ability to recover from oral surgery
  • Teeth fall out

What’s Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an infection that threatens the health of your smile. If your gums are sore or if they bleed when you brush, you probably have gum disease. Contact your dentist right away to avoid losing one or all your teeth.

How Smoking Causes Gum Disease

Smoking cigarettes inhibits your body’s ability to fight gum disease in two ways: First, smoking causes dry mouth. This is detrimental because saliva rinses plaque from your teeth. And plaque that isn’t removed provides an environment where gum disease will thrive.

The nicotine in tobacco also promotes gum disease by limiting the amount of oxygen that gets delivered to your mouth. In fact, scientists attribute over 40 percent of gum disease in the United States to smoking.

Are You Trying to Quit Smoking?

It’s hard to quit smoking. But remember: you’re not alone! The American Heart Association provides links to people who can help you stop smoking.Good luck.

Smokeless Tobacco is also Dangerous

Smokeless tobacco, also referred to as dip or chewing tobacco, is another serious threat to your smile. Like smoking, it causes gum disease and several types of oral cancer. And smokeless tobacco is also highly addictive, just like cigarettes.

Visit Your Dentist in Haworth, NJ

If you don’t smoke or use smokeless tobacco, please don’t start. There’s no good reason to do it.

But here’s a good thing you can do for your smile. Give us a call at Gentle Dental in Haworth to schedule your next checkup right away. We’ll see you soon.