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How Tobacco Usage Affects Your Oral Health

Posted on 12/23/2021 by Advanced Dental Specialty Group
How Tobacco Usage Affects Your Oral HealthYour oral health can be impacted if you smoke. There is a higher chance of having gum problems, getting tooth decay, losing teeth, developing cancer in the mouth, and having complications after oral and gum surgery and tooth removal. You should go to the dentist regularly and they can recommend to you different things to keep your gums and teeth healthy, and perform regular mouth cancer and oral health checks. People who smoke are at a higher risk of developing infections and they take longer to heal than non-smokers. By quitting smoking, you can significantly improve mouth cancer, improve your recovery rate to gum treatment, and reduce your risk of developing mouth cancer and periodontal disease.

Smoking and Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is caused by a bone destroying infection. The bone that it destroys supports and surrounds your teeth and holds your teeth to the jawbone and allows you to eat properly. Food debris and bacteria can cause gum disease. If it's left on gums and teeth, the plaque hardens and eventually forms tartar. This tartar and plaque irritate the gums. This is more common in people who smoke. Gum disease has two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis. If the periodontitis isn't treated properly, the tooth structures can become damaged, making teeth loose and fall out. Teeth may become so damaged, that they must be removed by a dentist. Preventing tooth loss is important and losing teeth can create issues when trying to chew food. When teeth are missing in the front, this affects your eating ability, can create speech problems, and affect your appearance. Your teeth play an important role in keeping the shape of the lower area of your face.

Signs of Gum Disease in Smokers

If you are a smoke, its vital that you see a dentist regularly for checkups. Some symptoms that you should be on the look out for and have treated as soon as possible are pus coming from your gums, receding gums, bad breath, tender, swollen, red, and bleeding gums, loose teeth, and spaces between your teeth.

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