The serious effects of smoking on your health are well-known and publicised by our health authorities. From lung cancer to heart disease, most people are aware of the damage smoking tobacco can do with serious diseases being an all too common result. However, smoking cigarettes can also have significant effects on your gums and teeth and over relatively short periods of time.
Here are some of the ways smoking can harm your oral health and hygiene:
- Oral cancer – routine dental examinations are also essential for early detection.
- Periodontal disease – smoking may be responsible for almost 75% of adult gum disease.
- Longer healing times after oral surgery such as tooth extractions.
- Bad breath.
- Unsightly teeth and tongue which are stained yellow and brown.
- A poorer sense of smell and taste.
In fact, tobacco damages your gum tissue by directly attacking the attachment of bone and soft tissue to your teeth. One particular effect is receding gums. This exposes a tooth’s roots and increases the risk of tooth decay and sensitivity to hot and cold food/drinks.
Cigar smoking is an equal risk and even smokeless tobacco products contain a variety of toxins associated with cancer. Smokeless tobacco will irritate and attack gum tissues.
Stopping and completely refraining form smoking will provide a big boost to your oral health as well as giving you the opportunity to live longer.