Many of us have been taught that smoking can negatively affect your lungs and put you at risk for certain mouth, throat and lung cancers. This is a strong motivator so cease smoking, but did you know smoking and tobacco products can also affect your teeth and oral health, leading to gum disease and tooth decay?
Living in East Los Angeles can already be expensive, and declining dental health can also lead to a larger bill for future efforts to repair and salvage damaged teeth due to the negative effects smoking can have on your mouth and oral health.
Smoking and tobacco use is associated with the development of bad breath, discolored yellow teeth, inflamed salivary glands, and an increase in plaque and tartar. All of this can lead to serious issues that develop systematically as your oral health declines, making is important to reach out to quality dentists such as Gage Dental Care to seek care.
Gum disease will have the opportunity to take root, and tooth loss can be a very real possibility as teeth begin to decay. Even when replacing a lost tooth with implants, smoking can lead to a lower chance of success rate of its permanent insertion.
Oral cancer risk increases and the healing of your mouth is slowed and reduced. And to top it all off, smoking can actually lower the density of bone mass with your jaw and mandibular bones. This also can affect the enamel, leading weakening and thinning that can allow for more cavities to take place. A general reduction in blood flow makes all of the biological processes of your mouth at a disadvantage and weaken it to bacteria that can invade and cause infections and threatening your health.
You may wonder if the use of smokeless tobacco product can improve your lung, tooth or oral health. Unfortunately, although these alternatives may seem less harsh, they can actually be more problematic for the body. They also create the same difficulties as cigarettes and pipe smokers, such as developing bad breath, stained teeth, a risk for gum disease, and the weakening of the tissues in the jaw.
Smokeless tobacco also can make your gums begin to recede, exposing the vulnerable and sensitive roots of the teeth. You may find your teeth becoming much more sensitive to temperature. In addition, chewing tobacco contains higher levels of nicotine than regular cigarettes, and so present a high chance of addictive habits forming.
Making the decision to cut back on smoking can go a long way, from lightening the burden on your wallet and helping to prevent the development of serious health problems later on in life. Take care of your teeth by knowing what activities you are doing that are currently negatively affecting or damaging them and make good choices for their benefits.
A dentist can help you assess any damage to your teeth done from smoking and start the process of repairing any problems. Visit Gage Dental Care in East Los Angeles and schedule your consultation today.