Toxic Teeth: Smoking and Oral Health Issues
It is a commonly known fact that smoking leads to health problems such as lung cancer, but did you know that smoking and oral health problems often go hand in hand?
In fact, smoking is the leading cause for almost 75% of gum disease in adults. This percentage includes adults who smoke from pipes and cigars, as well as those enjoying smokeless tobacco.
As soon as you begin using tobacco products, you are more likely to experience these common problems that are tied with smoking and oral health problems:
- Bad breath
- Stained teeth and tongue
- Gum disease
- Gum recession
- Tooth loss
- Bone loss in the jaw
- Delayed healing process after dental treatment
- Mouth sores
- Decreased sense of taste and smell
At Willoughby Dental Centre we are always dedicated to helping you maintain optimal oral health, that is why we strongly recommend patients to quit using any tobacco products.
For the sake of your teeth, gums and oral health, use these steps recommended by the Surgeon General to help make quitting smoking easier.
- Be prepared
- Ask for help from friends/family members/co-workers
- Invest your free time in an interesting activity
- Be prepared for a relapse
- Get medication, if necessary, and use it correctly
The team at Willoughby Dental Centre understand how difficult and time-consuming quitting smoking can be. However, we are dedicated to helping you protect your most valuable asset—your beautiful smile.
Contact our Langley dental clinic if you are in need of any support or advice on your journey to understanding smoking and oral health issues.