Posted on 9/20/2018 by Implant & Periodontal Associates NW
Smoking is one bad habit that can severely affect your oral health. It is not only the risk of getting cancer from smoking that should keep you from doing it, but there is another potential risk to your teeth with this habit. Gum disease. This what tobacco does directly to your gums when you do it on a regular basis.
Smoking can have a very serious side effect on your gums. It's called gum disease or periodontitis, also periodontal disease. This is an infection of the gums that can affect the bone structure that supports the teeth and lead to receding gums and even tooth loss, which is the most common reason for missing teeth in adults.
How Does Smoking Damage Your Gums?
The gums will be affected by smoking because it causes a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream and if you have infected gums or periodontitis, it will prevent the gums from healing. Smoking also increases the production of plaque in your mouth, which only contributes to and accelerates this serious disease.
Smoking and Teeth Stains
Another side effect of smoking is stained teeth, due to the nicotine and tar found in tobacco. It can not only make your teeth look yellow, but over time they will start to look brown with dark spots around the gumline.
To prevent any serious problems, such as oral cancer from developing, we will ask you to come in regularly and not miss your appointments. We will examine your mouth thoroughly to make sure there are no underlying issues. You may also require additional cleanings and treatments for gum disease.
As with any bad habit, the best thing you can do is try to quit and if you are interested, we can give you valuable information to choose a good organization to help you out.
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