Did you know that in addition to causing oral and lung cancer and other diseases, smoking also adversely affects your dental health? Smokers, for instance, have an increased risk of contracting periodontal disease which can lead to tooth loss.
How does smoking cause periodontal disease?
Since smoking reduces saliva which washes away plaque and tartar, chances of build-up, formation of bacteria and consequent gum infection are increased. This ultimately affects bone and tissue attachment leading to loss of teeth. Additionally, smoking lowers your immune system which reduces your capacity to fight a gum infection.
Some critical ways in which smoking affects your dental health:
- It increases risk of developing oral cancer and periodontal disease
- Inflammation of the salivary gland
- Increased build-up of plaque and tartar
- Increased loss of bone (and tooth loss) within the jaw
- Bad breath
- Tooth discoloration
- Shifting teeth
- Mouth sores
- Altered sense of taste
- Delays the healing process following any tooth treatments
- Lowers the success of dental implant procedures
Watch this video to learn more about smoking and dental health.
Visit your dentist to find out how smoking is affecting your teeth and gums. The signs are easily visible to your dentist who can explain the proper treatment. Quitting smoking will not only improve your dental health but your overall well-being too.