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Are you still smoking ? Cigarettes have a serious impact on your oral health

  • Posted on: May 30 2022
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boy with black hoodie is smoking cigarette outdoor Do you know that tobacco is the number one leading cause of preventable death in patients including oral cancer ?  It takes the lives of approximately seven million people each year, according to the CDC.  Tobacco use can also have a severe negative impact on your oral health in many ways.

Cigarettes and tobacco cause severe damage to your teeth and gums :   

  • Stained teeth. Tobacco use is one of the leading causes of tooth discolouration.  Teeth will become yellow, brown, or even black. This staining may be improved using a professional whitening product, but sometimes it will not help. Patients with problems eliminating or reducing staining may need to consider cosmetic treatments such as porcelain veneers to cover these imperfections.
  • Bad breath. Tobacco use can also lead to bad breath. This is because tobacco smoke contains a high level of chemicals that create an unpleasant odor. These odors can be difficult to remove, even with proper brushing and flossing.
  • Perhaps the most serious consequence of tobacco use is cancer. Tobacco use is the leading cause of oral cancer, which is a type of cancer that can form anywhere in the oral cavity, including the tongue, cheeks, gums, or throat.
  • Periodontal disease. Smoking and chewing tobacco can also cause periodontal disease. This gum disease  can lead to tooth loss if not treated. Tobacco use causes your gums to become inflamed and irritated, which makes them more susceptible to this infection.

Despite these dangers, there are things you can do to protect your oral health.  If you are worried about your tobacco use and its effect on your health, contact our office at (514) 875-7971 to schedule a visit at our practice, conveniently located at 800 Boul. Rene-Levesque O, Ste. #310. We also welcome appointment requests by email at [email protected].

Posted in: General Dentistry