The Effects of Tobacco Use On Your Teeth and Gums

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We’ve been hearing about all of the terrible things that happen when you choose to smoke for decades. From increased chances of getting cancer, to yellow teeth.

But there are more issues that can plague the inside of your mouth than just yellow teeth when you smoke.

Here is a closer look a the effects of tobacco use on your teeth and gums.

Bad Breath

Taking care of our teeth keeps them clean and free from odors. Having bad breath is offensive to others and can be embarrassing. Halitosis can happen from eating certain kinds of foods, not keeping up with teeth cleanings and other medical reasons. But it can also happen when you smoke. As you inhale tobacco smoke and it fills the inside of your mouth you’re doing damage to your gums and causing decay. This rot, will make your breath smell.

Gum Disease

Not just bad breath, but the issues being created in your mouth by tobacco smoke can also lead to gum disease, or periodontal disease. This happens when your gums start to pull away from your teeth and bleed and many other issues that crop up over time inside of your mouth.

The smoke causes an issue specifically with the tissue cells in your gums. If left untreated, gum disease can not only cause your teeth to fall out, but there are also studies that show it leads to other issues such as stroke and heart disease.

Difficult Procedures & Healing

The issue with tissue cells in the gums not functioning properly goes even deeper than gum disease. It can also cause interference with healing. For those who have to have procedures done or teeth extracted, it may delay the healing process or even cause an issue where surgeries cannot be done.

While quitting smoking is the best option to take back control of your overall health, there are things you can do now, to help take preventative care.

Contact Fried Dentistry to set up an appointment to go over your dental health and start caring for your teeth now.