Somewhere around 34 million adults are currently cigarette smokers in the United States.
If you’re a smoker or someone who you love smokes, you’re probably aware that there are a number of health conditions that are linked to smoking cigarettes. You might not know, however, that smoking can be particularly hard on your oral health.
What exactly are smoking’s effects on teeth, though? And how does smoking impact your oral health?
Let’s take a look at what you need to know.
What Are Smoking’s Effects on Teeth?
Smoking and tobacco products can have a negative impact on your oral health in a number of different ways.
First, smoking can lead to bad breath, stained teeth, and even a loss of taste and smell. If you’ve ever known a heavy smoker or are one yourself, you’ve probably noticed smoking stains on teeth before. You are also twice as likely to suffer from gum disease if you smoke cigarettes.
Smoking can also weaken your immune system, which can mean that your body is less able to defend itself from oral diseases. It also means that it could take longer for you to recover from oral surgery. For this and other reasons, it’s important to abstain from smoking after oral surgery such as wisdom teeth removal.
Tooth decay and loss can also result from smoking. Because smoking supports plaque, tartar, and bacteria build-up on your teeth, it can lead to tooth decay and cavities.
Receding gums and even oral cancer are also potential effects of smoking. In addition, oral cancer can also be caused by smokeless tobacco and cigars.
What Can You Do to Quit Smoking?
Quitting smoking might be difficult, but you can do it! In order to quit and not relapse, you’ll need to utilize your willpower, hard work, accountability, and commitment.
Before you begin, plan a date to quit – and stick to it. During this time, you’ll want to reach out to your support system of family, friends, and health professionals to help keep you accountable.
One important thing you need to do is create a list of things you will do when you have the urge to smoke. This might be a hobby, getting some exercise, or drinking a cup of tea. If necessary, you can also talk to your doctor about medication to help you overcome your tobacco addiction.
It’s important when you’re trying to quit to not give up if you experience setbacks. Quitting smoking is difficult, so don’t be too hard on yourself if you relapse. Instead, own your mistake, figure out where you went wrong, and get back on the horse.
Don’t Let Smoking Negatively Impact Your Oral Health
As you can see, the list of smoking’s effects on teeth is quite long and unpleasant. Your oral health is an important part of your overall health, so it’s important that you take care of your teeth and gums.
At Synergy Dental Implant and Oral Surgery Center, we are here to help you have the best possible oral health. Feel free to contact us today if you have any questions about our services or to schedule an appointment!