Smoking and oral health is an issue. You are probably aware of the effects that smoking and chewing tobacco have on the rest of your body, but did you know that inhaling and stuffing a pinch between your teeth gums can have serious consequences on your teeth and gums.
According to Dr. Beverly Lindy of Orange Coast Cosmetic Dentistry, smoking and oral health is something that everyone needs to know about. Even non-smokers will gain some knowledge from the blog. Who knows, they may even be able to convince their smoking friends and family members to quit the habit all together.
Smoking and Oral Health Can:
- Stain your teeth and tongue
- Dull your sense of taste
- Slow healing after oral surgery including tooth extractions
- Cause difficulties with cosmetic and restorative procedures
- Cause cancer
- Can lead to oral cancer
If you smoke or chew tobacco, puff on a pipe from time to time, enjoy a cigar or love a Hookah party you are in the high-risk category when it comes to smoking and oral health.
The Statics Regarding Smoking and Oral Health are Real
Consider that over 20 million people in the United States have died from tobacco use since the first Surgeon General’s report on Oral Health and Smoking in 1964. Consequently, it’s time to rethink your habit.
Although most deaths were from smoking, 2.5 million died from inhaling second hand smoke. That means not only are you putting your life at risk, but you are also risking the lives of those you love.
Smoking and Oral Health and the ADA
The American Dental Association explains that tobacco use and smoking causes stained teeth, a lack or taste and bad breath. Over time tobacco, use hinders your immune system. While reducing your ability to recover from surgery tobacco is at the top of the list for gum disease, especially the more serious periodontal disease.
Smokeless tobacco is just as bad as it increases the risk of oral cancer. As a result, chewing tobacco also increases tooth decay as it is loaded with sugar that can lead to cavities.
If you smoke or chew tobacco, quit. If you are having problems kicking the habit, see your doctor. Smoking and oral health is an issue.
Schedule an appointment with your Orange Coast Cosmetic Dentist for a comprehensive dental examination that includes an oral cancer screening.