Think About your Teeth and Gums Before You Light Up

These days smoking is discouraged in public areas, but unfortunately, some folks still light up even though they are aware of the risks.

Smoking is not only dangerous to your health, but can also be damaging to your teeth and gums, and if you have been unable to kick the habit, schedule an appointment with your dentist who may be able to help you crush that butt once and for all.

According to Web MD smoking pipes, cigarettes not only stain your teeth, but also cause damage to teeth and gums. Some people believe that they are doing themselves a favor by switching to chewing tobacco, but the fact is, snuff is just as dangerous, if not more so, as it contains dozens of chemicals that you will not find in cigars, pipes or cigarettes.

Some of the dental problems that smoking leads to include bad breath, an inflammation of salivary glands on the roof of the mouth, and an increased loss of bone in your jaw. If you smoke, you can also develop gum disease and a delay in healing if you have any type of dental treatments including oral surgery, tooth extraction or periodontal treatment.

Smoking and chewing tobacco products will cause the plaque and tartar to build up on your teeth, once this occurs, your teeth will begin to recede, which will lead to tooth decay and eventual tooth loss.

If you are considering any type of cosmetic dental restorations, your dentist advises that you quit smoking as chewing and puffing delays the healing process. People who are considering dental implants and continue to smoke will have a lower success rate if they continue to smoke.

People who smoke also have an increased rate when it comes to developing oral cancer, not to mention a condition known as leukoplakia, which results in white patches on the inside of the mouth.

If you would like more information regarding smoking and oral health, schedule and appointment with your dentist who may be able to help you kick the habit for good.