Tobacco has been linked with many dental diseases and concerns, including periodontal disease, bad breath, and tooth loss. Smoking can affect your body’s circulation, reducing blood flow to the gums. This habit also inhibits your immune system, increasing your chances of dental infection or inflammation. If you are having trouble giving up smoking for improved oral and overall health, talk to your doctor and dentist for help.
Smoking is a significant risk factor for the development of periodontal disease, an infection that affects the gums. As the gums become inflamed, they pull away from the teeth, exposing the roots. This exposure causes sensitivity and an increased likelihood of cavities. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss. Quitting smoking will greatly lower your risk of periodontal disease by improving the health of the cells that make up your gum tissue.
Persistent bad breath is often caused by smoking, which affects the salivary glands that produce saliva in the mouth. A lack of adequate saliva causes your mouth to dry out, allowing bacteria to flourish and cause bad breath. These same bacteria are responsible for tooth decay, which threatens the integrity of your teeth if not addressed in a timely manner. When you quit smoking, your salivary glands recover and produce more saliva, keeping your mouth cleaner and eliminating bad breath.
Lower Oral Cancer Risk
Using tobacco in any form greatly raises your risk of oral cancer. Oral cancer can be deadly or disfiguring, and often goes unnoticed because it causes no symptoms in its earliest stages. Studies have shown that quitting smoking at any age will lower your risk of developing cancer of the mouth or throat.
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