If you are a smoker, you already know the risk you are taking and the toll that smoking takes on your overall health. Aside from all the other physical problems caused by smoking, the habit also harms your mouth, gums, and teeth.
One effect most smokers are highly aware of is staining of the teeth caused by tar and nicotine in the tobacco. It doesn’t take long after you start smoking for your teeth to become yellow and discolored. We frequently see long-term smokers who neglect their oral health and end up with dark, stained teeth.
Everyone gets plaque on their teeth, but smokers are more prone to producing plaque. This means that gum disease develops faster than it does with non-smokers. Smoking also limits oxygen in your bloodstream, making it difficult for your gums to heal after periodontal treatment.
Smokers need to be especially diligent about keeping up with regularly scheduled appointments with our Milton, GA family dentist. Seeing you every six months allows us to monitor your oral health and look for signs of gum disease and treat it before it significantly damages your teeth and gums.
We also screen for oral cancer during these check-ups. Early screenings allow us to detect cancer in its early stages when it is still highly treatable. Unfortunately, the mortality rate for oral cancer is very high, and these screenings may save your life.