In the 1960’s the surgeon general announced that smoking was a danger to your health. Since that time, much research has concluded that it isn’t just lung cancer or heart disease that impact smokers, but many diseases of the mouth are now attributed to tobacco use. Our dentist serving the 60603 area can show you how smoking is affecting your dental health, and offer many suggestions on what you can do to return to healthy teeth and gums.
If quitting the tobacco habit was easy, everyone would do it. After all, in addition to the obvious health issues connected to tobacco, the expense and overall problems of air pollution are reasons worthy of quitting. But since using tobacco is quite addictive, leaving tobacco behind is problematic for many. Seeing what tobacco, whether smoked or chewed, can do to your teeth and gums makes the effort to try to quit not only a good idea, but imperative.
In addition to the obvious, like dental stain and unpleasant breath, tobacco use is the leading cause of gum disease.
In addition to the obvious, like dental stain and unpleasant breath, tobacco use is the leading cause of gum disease. Gum disease is a blanket term that can cover everything from gingivitis to periodontitis. If not treated, gum disease can progress to the point of losing your teeth.
Even though nonsmokers can develop gum disease as well, tobacco users are six times more likely to suffer from periodontal disease. Your dentist will also discuss the likelihood of increased dental decay as well as the inability to heal wounds to the mouth. It is believed that smoking impacts the blood flow around the teeth, gums, and soft tissue in the mouth. Decreased circulation can slow the healing process. The sensory processes involving smell and taste are also negatively impacted by tobacco use.
As if these reasons are not enough to make you quit tobacco, the overwhelming odds of developing cancer of the mouth, lips, tongue, and throat are significantly increased for tobacco users. Cancer occurrence increases with each year of tobacco use, but just as important, discontinuing tobacco can result in wholesale improvement in the health of teeth and gums in a relatively short time.
Your dentist can explain about the many smoking cessation programs that are available. Nicotine gum and patches are available over the counter, but if you feel you need more help, prescription strength Zyban may be prescribed as an aid to help kick the habit.
Whatever method you use from quitting cold turkey to relying on aids, one fact is certain. You will be jeopardizing your oral and overall health if you decide not to quit smoking. Call us today. Ora Dental Studio will get you on the right path for better oral health.