Did you need a few facts that might inspire you to finally quit smoking? Quitting smoking can drastically improve your health and life in many ways, and that includes your mouth. Read on to find out how your oral health will improve if you make a change and quit smoking.
You May Save Your Teeth Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults and smoking significantly increases your risk of periodontal disease. Smoking causes inflammation in the gums and allows bacteria to enter and cause infections. Unfortunately, less blood will be going to your gums if you smoke, so you might not even notice that you have gum disease until it is in an advanced stage. By then, the gums could be receding and leading to loose teeth.
You'll Reduce Your Cancer Risk
Did you know that tobacco use dramatically increases the chance that you will develop cancer? The American Cancer Society reports that around 90% of people with cancers of the tongue, lips, throat, and mouth are tobacco users, and risk levels increase with the amount chewed or smoked as well as the habit duration.
Your Teeth Will Look Whiter
Smoking is a major culprit when it comes to staining your teeth. Even new smokers remark that their teeth start to look yellow, but the longer that you smoke, the worse the stains will become. Eventually, the yellow coloring could turn to dark brown stains, and it may leave you embarrassed of your smile. If you quit smoking, we can help you to whiten your teeth, but continuing to smoke will only bring the stains back eventually.
Have you recently quit smoking and are interested in a dental cleaning an evaluation of your oral health? If so, please give our office a call today. We can't wait to help you improve your smile.