How smoking impacts your oral health and wellness
- Posted on: Aug 30 2022
We would like to explain how smoking impacts your teeth, gums, and oral health:
- Teeth discoloration. One of the most obvious ways smoking affects your smile is through discoloration. Over time, the nicotine and tar found in cigarettes will cause your teeth to become yellow and stain.
- Bad breath. Another common side effect of smoking is bad breath. The chemicals in cigarettes can give your breath an unpleasant odor that can be difficult to get rid of, even with proper brushing, mouthwashes, and sugar-free chewing gum.
- Gum disease. Smoking is also a major risk factor for gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease. This is an infection of the gum tissue that can lead to tooth loss and other serious oral health problems.
- Oral cancer. Oral cancer is a major risk when you are a smoker. Cigarettes contain harmful chemicals that can damage the cells in your mouth, increasing your risk for oral cancer.
- Reduced sense of taste and smell. Smoking will also impact your sense of taste and smell. The chemicals in cigarettes damage the nerves that are responsible for these senses.
- Dry mouth. Smoking can cause your mouth to become dry, which can lead to a number of other oral health problems such as bad breath (halitosis), gum disease, and tooth decay.
- Slow healing after dental procedures. Smokers often have a harder time healing after dental procedures such as teeth cleanings, fillings, and tooth extractions. This is because smoking inhibits the body’s ability to produce collagen, which is necessary for wound healing.
Reserve your appointment for a complete dental examination, teeth cleaning, digital x-rays and dental health verification. After gathering all this information, Dr. Slepchik will be able to create your dental treatment plan and get you on the road to optimal dental health!
We believe in providing patients with the knowledge they need to enjoy a healthy smile-and make informed decisions about their dental options. If you live or work in downtown Montreal and have any questions for us, feel free to call us at 514-875-7971 to request a consultation appointment. You can also email our front office team to schedule a visit by emailing [email protected].
Posted in: General Dentistry