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Does Smoking Affect Oral Health?

Posted on 5/22/2023 by Evan
Does Smoking Affect Oral Health?Many tobacco users know that smoking can affect their health. It increases the risks of lung cancer and can worsen the symptoms of asthma. Do you know that smoking can also affect your oral health? In fact, it is a leading cause of many oral issues. For instance, it limits blood flow to the mouth, which affects the time it takes to treat oral issues. Learn more effects of smoking on your oral health.

Gum Disease

Smoking weakens the gum tissues, making them pull away from the teeth. This allows bacteria to accumulate beneath the gum line. Over time, the bacteria will irritate the gums, making them swollen and sensitive. At this stage, the gums bleed easily when brushing or flossing.

Another way that smoking affects the gums is by restricting blood flow into the mouth. When cigarette products reach the bloodstream, they reduce blood flow throughout the body. When this occurs, spotting the early signs of gum disease becomes challenging. With time, severe conditions (periodontitis) may occur, resulting in gum recession. During this stage, you will likely experience tooth sensitivity and tooth loosening. The tooth may also fall off if left untreated.

Tooth Decay

Smoking increases the risk of a dry mouth, resulting in bacteria build-up. If left untreated, the bacteria will produce acid that attacks the teeth' enamel, making you prone to decay.

As you know, smoking also weakens the gums, resulting in gum recession. This exposes the teeth' roots, putting them at risk of decay.

Tooth Discoloration

Nicotine and tartar, the ingredients of cigarettes, have a staining effect. When they enter your teeth through tiny holes in the enamel, they put your teeth in a discolored state. In addition, when nicotine mixes with oxygen, it leaves a yellow effect on your teeth. Call us today for detailed information about smoking and its effects on your oral health.

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