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EFFECTS OF SMOKING ON YOUR ORAL HEALTH

June 30, 2019

You’ve heard repeatedly that ‘smoking seriously harms your health and especially your oral health, but do you know how?

Perhaps the first answer that comes to mind is respiratory and lung problems. But there are other negative effects that are also closely linked to your oral health. When you light a cigarette, you do your mouth a disservice through various manifestations, ranging from small aesthetic changes to some types of cancer.

Because the mouth is its gateway into the body, tobacco is the worst enemy of the teeth and particularly of the gums, being its harmful effects at this level very striking. This addiction directly contributes to the development of periodontal (gum) diseases such as gingivitis or periodontitis, causing smokers very unpleasant and visible problems.

Smoking harms your oral health and leads to dental problems, including:

– Bad breath. Tobacco causes adistinct odor in addition to that produced by other substances that are addedto cigarettes, such as tar and multiple additives. All this generates acharacteristic odor in the breath and/or aggravates the halitosis originated byother causes.

– Discoloration of the teeth thechange in the color of the dentition, generally to a yellowish tone, is themost obvious and unsightly sign caused by the action of tobacco on the teeth.

– Inflammation of the salivarygland openings in the roof of the mouth.

– Increased accumulation of plaqueand tartar on the teeth. Tobacco also affects our mouth by reducing our immunecapacity, decreasing our salivary secretion and favoring the appearance of agreater number of bacteria. This makes our teeth more prone to tartar build-upand weaker when it comes to coping with bacteria. Thus, tobacco can increasethe chances of suffering caries and that the aggressiveness of these may makeit necessary to endodontics.

– Increased bone loss in the jaw

– Increased risk of leukoplakia,white spots inside the mouth

– Increased risk of developing gumdisease, the leading cause of tooth loss. Because tobacco decreases the bloodflow to the gums, they are paler in color and appear less inflamed than they are,so periodontal disease is often masked in smokers. The smoker should be awareof this particularity, visiting his dentist in a regulated way, even if hethinks his gums are fine.

– Delay in the healing processafter tooth extraction, periodontal treatment or oral surgery

– Low success rate of dental implantprocedures tobacco consumption is associated with a greater loss of bonesupport needed for dental implants, especially in the upper jaw area. Thisnegatively influences the success rate of placement of dental implants that cansometimes be lost or removed due to failure in their integration.

– Increased risk of developingoral cancer.

– Reduction of the senses of taste and smell.

We, at True Smile Works Dental Clinic will be happy to consult you and answer all your queries and concerns.

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