Does Smoking Affect My Oral Health?

Smoking is Bad For Your Oral Health.

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By now, everyone knows that smoking is bad for you. The truth is it’s broad-reaching health effects are not all know by everyone. This is especially true of oral health. Smoking can have serious repercussions in this regard.

Issues that Arise When Smoking

  • Oral Cancer: Oral cancer can have steep ramifications for anyone that gets it. Any type of cancer is about the worst health effect you can get and this especially holds true to the affects that smoking has on your mouth. The type of mouth surgery required with oral cancer can leave your face deconstructed in certain areas, and it is all due to smoking or using tobacco products.
  • Tooth Discoloration & Bad Breath: At the very least, it is fair to say that as a smoker you will often have bad breath, and while you may try to cover it up with gum or mints, tooth discoloration is a whole other story. The chemicals and substances in cigarettes stick to your teeth staining them brown and yellow colors that are increasingly difficult to disguise.
  • Gum Disease & Bone Loss: Another effect of smoking is the increased risk of gum disease. Your gums may start to recede, which can eventually lead to the loss of teeth. Smoking can also increase bone loss and density in your jaw which is vital to the health of your mouth. Gum disease and bone loss are two signs that smoking is definitely bad for your mouth.

The question isn’t whether smoking affects your health, it’s how does it affect your health and to what degree. If for no other reason than because smoking involves your mouth as its entry point, it’s safe to say that it can have long-lasting and detrimental consequences on your oral health.

 

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