Smoking: Effects on Oral Health

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Smoking, in general, affects many organs in the body. It can cause lung cancer, emphysema, brain damage, eye cataracts, macular degeneration and an increased risk of having a stroke. While many know the side effects of smoking on major organs of the body, the side effects of smoking on oral health should not be ignored.

Here at Dr. Alaby & Associates, we make sure that our clients learn that cessation of smoking is essential to have optimum dental health. Smoking has a significant impact on oral health. It is one of the significant contributors to dental problems like halitosis, teeth staining, and even oral cancer. Therefore, if you want to protect yourself from getting these unwanted dental problems, make sure that you stop smoking and follow a good oral hygiene routine.

Side Effects of Smoking on Oral Health

Halitosis – Cigarettes and tobacco particles stay in the oral cavity for a prolonged period of time and that results in having a breath that smells like an ashtray!

Teeth Discoloration – Chemicals in cigarettes and tobacco stick to the enamel of teeth causing a yellow stain.

Delayed Healing – Smoking delays healing after any oral procedure and this means longer recovery time.

Oral Cancer – Many studies showed that there’s a higher risk of developing oral cancer when you are a smoker.

Gum Disease and Dental Cavities – Smoking limits your mouth’s ability to fight off bacteria, and this can lead to a buildup of plaque, which can cause gum and teeth problems.

These are the effects of smoking on dental health. We advise you to visit a dentist as soon as you can to make your initial step toward a smoke-free life. You’ll be one step closer to a healthier smile!

Contact us at Dr. Alaby & Associates if you have any dental questions related to smoking. Our dental team will provide you a treatment plan especially designed for you!

– Dr. Alaby & Associates

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