It goes without question; Everybody above the age of 10 knows that smoking cigarettes affect your teeth and wreak absolute havoc on a person’s health. Your teeth may not be the first part of your body that you think about when considering all the hazards of smoking. Tobacco use can bring about some severe harm to your mouth.
The fact is that smoking cigarettes and using other tobacco products are extremely challenging for most people to stop using them. Even if you’ve attempted previously, there’s a good chance you weren’t successful. Failure to quit means you’re consistently doing even more harm to your smile by continuing your tobacco usage.
Sadly, the longer you use tobacco products and smoke cigarettes, the greater the damage you’re very likely to inflict. The fact that you were unsuccessful at quitting smoking and tobacco use in the past doesn’t mean there isn’t any way to stop the loss and possibly reverse some of the detrimental impact tobacco will have on your mouth.
Below are 5 ways that tobacco use and smoking cigarettes can harm your teeth and mouth and how you can do your part to put an end to the harm.
Smoking Promotes Plaque and Tartar
Chemicals in cigarettes and other tobacco products hinder saliva flow in a smoker’s mouth, making it easier for oral bacteria to adhere to teeth and gums. Filmy, bacteria-laden plaque develops on teeth and at the gum line. If not eliminated daily, this plaque hardens into tartar, also known as calculus, a substance so hard it requires professional cleaning to extract. Tobacco smokers are as much as six times more likely to develop gum disease, which can attack tooth roots and cause teeth to fall out.
Smokeless tobacco products cause just as much harm to a person’s gum tissue, causing gums to slacken around teeth, making it more hospitable for bacteria to settle in and develop tooth decay.
Most people realize that smoking can quickly turn your beautiful white teeth into not so white teeth. Even part-time tobacco use can turn a person’s white teeth to yellow or brown. The more you smoke, the quicker you will notice tooth discoloration. The amount of smoking you do will also play a significant role in how discolored your teeth become.
Tobacco and cigarette smoke does severe damage to your mouth. Most people only think of oral cancer and gum disease. While those shouldn’t be ignored, not many people associate smoking cigarettes and tobacco use with tooth decay that many dentists often see in their patients.
Large cavities around the gum line can lead to gum infections and weakened teeth, which can cause tooth-breaks in the future. Broken and chipped teeth will need to be repaired, which can be costly and painful in many cases.
Periodontal disease, sometimes referred to only as gum disease, is a bacterial infection in the mouth. Over time, this infection has detrimental impacts on the gums. At first, gum disease will likely only be evident if you have bleeding gums, mouth sores, or extremely red gums that get easily irritated. In many cases, gum disease can also exhibit as gums that appear like they’re receding.
While early stages of periodontal disease can often be reversed if discovered in time, long-term cigarette smoking and tobacco use will lead to the disease progressing.
Jaw Bone Damage
If periodontal disease goes undiscovered for too long, it can spread into the gum tissue and your jaw bone, which can then become weak. Over time, if the infection is never remedied, bone damage can occur, and periodontal disease can be challenging.
In more severe cases, gum disease progresses so much that surgical intervention is necessary to attempt to salvage the damaged jawbone. In these extreme cases, bone grafts are required.
Once gum disease is established, tooth loss is usually close behind. This is because as the gums get more vulnerable, they’ll do less to hold onto the teeth. Champion Dental can help make tooth loss more comfortable with a simple tooth extraction.
Seeking Dental Help
Whatever shape your teeth may be in, many of the problems related to smoking and using tobacco can be fixed or stopped. In many instances, the discoloration can be corrected with cleaning, polishing, and whitening therapy. Tooth decay can be treated with root canals, fillings, and crowns. Gum disease is reversible via deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing.
If you have lost teeth or are close to doing so, your dentist may be able to save them and work with you to create a solution that allows you to show off your smile again proudly.
Quitting smoking might be challenging, but once you do, we believe you’ll be grateful you did. There isn’t any reason to hide your smile due to cigarette smoking in your past.
Time To Visit a Dentist
Whether you’ve smoked for just a few years or have been a lifelong smoker, our skilled dentists can make sure you keep your teeth and mouth healthy.
Call Champion Dental in Farmers Branch, Texas Today, and Schedule Your Consultation. (214)747-0763