How Does Smoking Effect Your Teeth?
We are all aware of the fact that smoking an unhealthy habit, but were you aware of the fact that is a major contributor to dental problems as well?
Effects on Teeth and Oral Cavities
Tobacco use and smoking can cause bad breath, stained teeth, and a weakened sense of taste. Smoking can also hamper your immune system over time creating concerning side-effects like a reduced ability to recover from surgery. Smoking is additionally one of the most significant risk factors associated with gum disease, which causes inflammation around the tooth. This can cause irritation, discomfort and ultimately lead to tooth loss in its advanced stages. Smokeless tobacco is no better as it increases your risk of oral due to the abundance of blood vessels in your head and neck. Ultimately, the effects of smoking on teeth can lead to tooth decay, tooth discoloration, and gum recession.
Steps to Take
The first step to quitting smoking will be to set a date to finally quit. The next step is to have a strong support system that will support you in your journey. Friends, family, your doctor, and dentist are all valuable resources to help lean on. Thirdly, by practicing behavioral distractions such as chewing gum when the urge to smoke comes is an effective way to combat your need. The next step can involve using both prescription and over the counter medication to help you quit. It’s never too late, to quit being unhealthy! Get started on your quest towards whiter teeth and a healthier mouth.
About Dean Salo
Since launching our private practice in 1992, we have strived to provide our patients with excellent service and the utmost level of care. We specialize in a variety of different dental treatments ranging from simple dental checkups to more complex surgical procedures. To learn more about our practice, visit our website at www.deansalo.com or visit our office at 6222 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 102 Los Angeles, CA 90048 (323.933.2400).