Smoking: A Real Drag on Your Oral Health

Tobacco has been used as a drug for centuries, causing serious addictions and ill side effects. Numerous studies have proven that tobacco is a dangerous drug that causes significant damage to a person’s health, yet millions of people choose to light up cigarettes and cigars or put a wad of tobacco into their mouths each day. Most Americans are aware of smoking and tobacco use causing lung cancer and serious breathing problems, yet there are other significant concerns that are commonly overlooked.

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The mouth is one of the most personal features of a person’s face that displays emotions and is home to the smile. Whether it is fair or not, people often judge others based on the appearance of a person’s smile. A personal side effect from tobacco use is the discoloration and staining of the teeth. Tobacco is a dark substance that leaves behind a film on whatever it comes in contact with. Another personal side effect is that tobacco causes chronic bad breath. Tobacco has its own pungent smell, and when it is mixed with the bacteria inside the mouth it causes bad breath that cannot be masked. Both chronic bad breath and discolored teeth pose personal and professional disadvantages. However, there are more serious consequences that result from smoking and tobacco use.

Smoking and tobacco use leave the mouth vulnerable to infections and diseases that cause serious damage. Periodontal disease is the severe infection of the gum tissues, caused by the gums being irritated to the point that they cannot recover. Tobacco use leaves the gums in such vulnerable condition that they will contract infection and have irreversible damage. Periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in tobacco users. Oral cancer is another devastating consequence of tobacco use. When the mouth’s health is in such a compromised condition, it is unable to fight off disease. Oral cancer is a prominent concern among tobacco users, known to ruin the structure and stability of the mouth as well as lead to death.

At Huebner Smiles Dentistry and orthodontics, we truly care about your oral health. We understand that quitting smoking is not an easy undertaking, but we also understand that the detrimental effects that smoking and tobacco use have on your health are dire. We want to help you overcome the damage that tobacco has caused to your oral health. Please contact our dentistry practice today.