Smoking is just as bad for your teeth and gums as it is for your health. Cigarettes leave stains on your teeth and your breath smelling foul. If left untreated, continuous smoking will require more than just brushing multiple times a day to remove the stains left behind by cigarettes.
According to the American Dental Association, smoking tobacco causes stained teeth, bad breath, and a loss of taste. Smoking can create difficulties for your immune system and reduce your ability to recover after a surgical procedure. Smoking is also synonymous with gum disease and periodontal disease. To encounter gum disease means to experience tooth loss and inflammation on the gums surrounding your teeth.
Chewing tobacco is also detrimental to your oral health. It increases your chances of oral cancer. Other affects, such as tooth discoloration and gum recession, can occur. Smoking and the chewing of tobacco are ultimately a direct cause for tooth decay and may challenge your dentist in an attempt at restorative dentistry.
In order to prevent the damage caused by cigarettes, Dr. Bruce Silva highly recommends taking proper steps to reduce your chances of tooth decay. Quit smoking! Although not easy, you can find multiple ways to stop the bad habit. First, focus on an end date to officially kick the habit, find support in your friends and family, practice behavioral distractions when a craving to smoke comes back, consider over the counter medications to quit, and finally, seek professional help if you find yourself in a relapse.
If you’re a smoker, visit your dentist today! Let Dr. Bruce Silva help with determining where your oral health is currently at in regards to your habit. After that, he can discuss the proper steps to take to regain that healthy smile and excellent oral health.