The Role Tobacco Use Plays in Your Oral Health
Most of us know that smoking and chewing tobacco is a harmful habit. Using tobacco has been linked to increases in lung and throat cancer and COPD. But many people are surprised when they learn about the many ways tobacco use impacts their oral health.
Your Alpharetta, GA dentist is concerned with your oral health and general and well-being. Here are some facts that might help convince you to cut back smoking or quit altogether.
How Smoking Affects Oral Health
If you are a long-term smoker, you know the impact that it has on your teeth. Yellow and brown stains on your teeth are the result of long-term tobacco use.
However, other oral health problems associated with smoking are:
- Increased risk of gum disease
- Heavier plaque and tartar buildup
- Increased risk of bone loss
- Longer post-surgery healing times
- Increased risk of oral cancer
A heavy plaque buildup puts you at risk for gum disease and gingivitis. Smoking also weakens your immune system which makes it harder for your body to fighting infections. Smokers also have less oxygen in their bloodstream, which can lengthen healing times.
Since both issues also aggravate existing gum disease and when your body can’t protect itself, you are at a significant risk for severe oral health conditions, including tooth loss.
Protect Your Oral Health
As a smoker, you need to be more proactive with your oral health than non-smokers. Visiting your dentist in Alpharetta for preventive teeth cleanings and exams every six months is crucial.
Smokers also need to be more conscientious with their oral hygiene and be sure to brush at least twice a day and floss once. If you need oral hygiene tips, talk to the dental team at Alpharetta Creek Restorative Dentistry, and they will be happy to guide you.
Call Us to Schedule a Dental Exam and Cleaning
If you’re a smoker, Dr. Kai Liang would be happy to meet with you to discuss how your habit impacts your individual oral health and how we can help you protect it. Please call us today to schedule a dental appointment to learn more.