Smoking is not only bad for your heart and lungs, but is also a major contributor to dental problems.
Smoking discolors the teeth and also causes bad breath. This habit can cause cavities and also diminish your sense of taste.
But smoking hinders your immune system and is a significant risk factor for gum or periodontal disease. Smokers have twice the risk for gum disease compared to a nonsmoker because it makes it harder for your body to fight off a gum infection. In fact, any form of tobacco use – including cigarettes, pipes and smokeless tobacco – raises your risk of gum disease.
Gum disease begins with bacteria on your teeth that get under the gums with inadequate oral care. Plaque and then tartar will build up causing gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease.
As gum disease progresses, the bone and tissue that hold your teeth in place may break down. This is called periodontitis, or severe gum disease, and you may lose your teeth as they loosen.
Tobacco use – especially smokeless or chewing tobacco – also increases your risk of oral cancer, including cancers of the lips, tongue, cheeks, hard and soft palate, sinuses and throat.
Try To Kick the Habit on the Great American Smokeout Day
The third Thursday of November is the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout Day. It’s an event designed to inspire smokers to quit smoking as well as to help someone you love take the first step toward quitting. Even quitting smoking for just one day will help you take an important step toward a healthier life. Get help to quit from the American Cancer Society.
Let Us Know If You Have Questions on Any Aspect of Oral Health Care
Dr. Lorraine Burio of Candlewood Dental Care has been treating and educating patients for over twenty-five years. Our office serves the New Fairfield, New Milford, Danbury, and Sherman areas of CT and Pawling, Patterson and Putnam Lake of New York. You can call us at 203-746-1200 or make an appointment here.