Smoking and Oral Health is a real issue, and although people know how bad smoking is for overall health, some have no idea what tobacco products can do to teeth and gums.
Even chewing tobacco can cause serious problems for your oral health. Smoking and Oral Health is a real concern. Your foul breath from smoking and chewing is just the tip of the iceberg.
Smoking and Oral Health Issues
- Stained teeth
- Slow healing from oral surgeries, including tooth extractions
- Stained tongue
- Dulled sense of smell
- Gum disease
- Dulled sense of taste
- Problems correcting cosmetic dental issues
- Oral Cancer
Smoking and Oral Health Prevention
I tell my patients that kicking the habit is the only way to decrease your risk of the above problems along with other health problems that are related to tobacco. Because nicotine is addictive, quitting is extremely difficult.
Have a support system in place with friends, family members, and co-workers that support your cause. Pick strong people who will help you stick to the plan. Make notes and write down the reasons you want to quit. Keep yourself occupied, chew gum, and get plenty of exercise, because exercising helps curb your addiction to nicotine.
Are Any Tobacco Products Safe?
In a word, no. It’s not just smoking and oral health that you need to be concerned with. Just like cigarettes, cigars and pipes cause oral health problems as well. According to a study in the Journal of the American Dental Association, people who smoke cigars have the same rate of jawbone loss as cigarette smokers.
People who smoke pipes are also in the high-risk category for tooth loss. As a result, people who smoke cigars and pipes have a high risk of throat and oral cancer, even without inhaling. Periodontal disease, stained teeth, and chronic halitosis are also oral consequences that you will have to deal with if you smoke any type of tobacco product.
Chewing Tobacco is Just as Bad
Just like cigarettes, cigars and pipes, chewing tobacco contains over 28 chemicals that can increase your risk of esophageal, throat and oral cancer. Because chewing tobacco has more nicotine, it makes it tougher to quit. If that’s not enough to put the snuff away, maybe the fact that one can of tobacco will give you more nicotine than 60 cigarettes.
Chewing tobacco also contains sugar for flavoring. As you know, sugar causes tooth decay. Smokeless tobacco isn’t good for your gums either is it can cause irritation and tooth recession. Chewing tobacco also contains grit and sand, which will wear down teeth.
Because Smoking and Oral Health go hand in hand it’s time to schedule an appointment with my Downtown Portland Dental practice.
If you smoke, let’s find a way to help you quit and take care of the Smoking and Oral Health issues that you may be dealing with now.