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How Does Smoking Affect My Oral Health?

How Does Smoking Affect My Oral Health?

October 19th, 2021

Most people are aware of the many serious health problems that result from smoking. But did you know that it also poses a risk to your oral health? Quitting this harmful habit is one of the best decisions you’ll ever make for your smile, and your trusted team at Avalon Dental Care is here to support you every step of the way!

How Does Smoking Affect Your Oral Health?

Here are some ways smoking may impact your oral health:

  • Periodontal (gum) disease: Gum disease often results from smoking because the harmful habit weakens the body’s immune system, making it harder to combat gum infections. Smokers usually see a faster progression of gum disease, one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults.
  • Tooth Decay and Cavities: Smokers have increased plaque and tartar buildup and often have dry mouth, two leading causes of tooth decay. Moreover, gum recession that often results from gum disease leaves the tooth roots at risk of decay.
  • Tooth Discoloration: Stained and discolored teeth are often tell-tale signs of smoking, with some long-time smokers having almost brown teeth. That results from the staining properties of the tar and nicotine found in cigarettes.
  • Bad Breath (Halitosis): Tobacco products leave behind a very unpleasant mouth odor. It also causes plaque and tartar buildup, inflamed salivary glands, gum disease, and dry mouth, all of which contribute to bad breath!
  • Oral Cancer: Everyone knows that smoking results in lung cancer, but many are not aware that it also elevates the risk of oral cancer, a condition that claims thousands of lives every year. The good news is that when identified and treated early on, oral cancer has an excellent chance of cure.
  • Slower Healing: Smoking decreases oxygen in the bloodstream and suppresses the immune response, slowing down healing in the mouth. That can interfere with the success of dental procedures, such as implants and bridges.

Safeguarding Your Oral Health

Quitting smoking is the best way to go! You’ll have a fresher breath, healthier gums, and whiter, stronger teeth. Your sense of taste and smell will significantly improve, and you’ll lower your risk of developing a host of health conditions. We are happy to provide you with smoking cessation tips to promote your oral and overall health.

While we recommend quitting smoking, there are some things you can do to lower your risk of developing dental problems. These include maintaining a meticulous oral hygiene regimen, including daily brushing and flossing, and visiting Avalon Dental Care for your routine dental exams and cleanings. Our team will monitor your oral health and treat any problems as they develop to ensure your smile stays in tip-top shape. 

Quality Dental Care in El Segundo and Lomita

Contact your trusted team at Avalon Dental Care to learn more about smoking and its harmful effects on your oral health. We look forward to helping you maintain a clean and healthy smile. Call us and schedule your appointment today!

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