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Tobacco and Your Oral Health

Dental Patient Indian Land, SC

Whether in the form of cigarettes, cigars or chew, it is no surprise that tobacco carries health risks. While you may be well aware of how smoking can affect your lungs, it is equally important to understand how tobacco products can compromise your oral health. Smoking is undoubtedly addictive, but kicking this habit can save your smile!

Beyond its ability to stain your teeth, tobacco also inhibits your mouth’s ability to heal itself. Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor, which means it constricts or limits blood flow. When it comes to your mouth, this could not only prevent your gums from healing after dental implants or other oral surgeries, but it could also mask the symptoms of gum disease. Early gum disease is marked by red, puffy or bleeding gums. Those who smoke may not display these warning signs early enough to get prompt treatment.

If you use tobacco, here are some common oral health risks you should know about:

  • Oral & Throat Cancer
  • Periodontal (Gum) Disease
  • Mouth Sores
  • Dry Mouth
  • Stained Teeth & Tongue
  • Bad Breath
  • Diminished Taste & Smell

Think your off the hook by vaping or using “smokeless tobacco”? Not so fast. Even e-cigarettes and tobacco chew contain toxins that may cause gum disease and mouth cancer or compromise your oral health in some way. The only way to protect your mouth from these serious setbacks is to kick the habit for good. You’ll enjoy a healthier mouth, fresher breath and whiter teeth in return!

If you have already suffered the consequences of smoking, call Carolina Commons Dentistry. We can help you regain a confident smile as well as offer tips to help you quit your habit.

Posted on behalf of Carolina Commons Dentistry

 

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