How Does Smoking Affect Your Teeth?
Smoking can cause many issues with your oral health including gum disease, tooth discoloration, tooth loss, and even mouth cancer.
The nicotine and tar found in cigarettes can make your teeth yellow in just a short time and even brown over a long period of time.
Smoking produces more bacterial plaque and a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream which causes gum disease. Because of the lack of oxygen, the gums are not able to heal as well as non-smokers.
Mouth cancer is another risk of smoking. Every year thousands of people die from mouth cancer brought on by smoking.
If you’re a smoker, you have twice the risk for gum diseases compared to a nonsmoker and treatments for gum disease may not work as well for people who smoke. Tobacco use in any form – cigarettes, pipes, and smokeless tobacco – raises your risk for gum disease.
Please call Wichita Family Dental, (316)630-9339, to schedule routine checkups and screenings for oral health issues.
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