You probably know that smoking can have a negative impact on your overall health, but did you know that tobacco use can also have an impact on your oral health? Sadly, issues resulting from tobacco use can actually be quite severe.
Smoking leads to bad breath and stained teeth. If your teeth are yellowed, our team can help you with just teeth whitening and a deep cleaning. Usually, you can address bad breath by caring from your teeth well at home, but nicotine can settle in your mouth. Once this happens, your bad breath could persist until you quit smoking. Smoking also causes dry mouth, which can make bad breath even worse.
Furthermore, did you know that smoking can actually lead to gum disease? Everyone is vulnerable to gum disease. Even individuals who care for their teeth extremely well could eventually find themselves facing this issue. However, individuals who smoke are far more vulnerable to gum disease. Similarly, individuals who smoke and have gum disease are also extremely vulnerable to infections.
The most severe issue that can come as a result of smoking is oral cancer. This form of cancer can appear anywhere in your mouth—including on your lips or throat. Men are typically more likely to have oral cancer, but it is becoming more and more common in adults. Smoking and other tobacco use leave you more likely to develop oral cancer.
If you’re interested in learning more about the dangers of smoking, please don’t hesitate to contact My Dental Care at 317-849-0999. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and examine your smile for signs of damage. Our dentist, Dr. Cynthia S. Becker & Cynthia A. Pistoia and our team are excited to hear from you soon.