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.
Smoking can actually leave you more vulnerable to gum disease, and also make your gum disease more serious. While no one is completely safe from gum disease, nonsmokers can usually avoid the issue by visiting a dentist regularly and by brushing and flossing every day. But individuals who smoke are also more likely to have gum disease, and since gum disease can make your gums separate from your bones, they may also find themselves far more prone 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 Riverdale Oral Health and Implant Center at 718-548-3353. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and examine your smile for signs of damage. Our dentist, Dr. Sidney Adler and our team are excited to hear from you soon.