Smoking – Why Kicking The Habit Will Make You Smile
SW Calgary Dentist – Dr. Andy Hoe – is passionate about helping patients attain the highest possible level of dental health. This means addressing habits that are detracting from your oral health and your overall health. Just like the hip bones connected to the thigh bone – well your dental health is connected to the health of your entire body, so when you neglect the health of your mouth it negatively impacts your body as a whole.
Most people realize that smoking is bad for their health. What they may not realize is that the habit of smoking is also contributing to poor dental health by adding to the buildup of plaque and bacteria in the mouth – and increasing the risk for premature tooth loss, gum disease, and oral cancer. Smokers also have to deal with nicotine and tar staining teeth – it can turn teeth yellow in a very short time, with patients complaining of ‘brown’ teeth after a few years of smoking. A thorough dental cleaning can help address the plaque, calculus, and staining concerns – however, smoking significantly increases the level of bacteria in a person’s mouth and reduces blood-flow to gums and supporting tissues (bone) which leads to heightened inflammation of oral tissues. The reduction of blow-flow to gums means that smokers don’t always get the tell-tale sign of early gum disease – bleeding gums – so this disease often sneaks up on them quickly and can go unnoticed until extensive damage has occurred.
In addition to smoking increasing the risk for gum disease and tooth loss – it is a major contributor to the development of oral cancer. Tobacco products expose the smoker to carcinogenic chemicals that cause genetic cell changes and increases the risk for developing oral cancer. Because smoking hampers blood supply to oral tissues and increases the dryness of the mouth – oral cancers can develop and spread quickly – so regular observation of the tongue and oral tissues is required.
The dilemma with smoking is that it is bad for your health – which makes it bad for your dental health – which contributes to further systemic health concerns. Breaking the habit means breaking the cycle of poor health and an opportunity to gain back your vitality – and your smile.
For more information regarding the impact smoking has on your dental health – contact Bite Dental today 403.201.2483. This SW Calgary Dental Office is happy to discuss dental treatment options that help combat the negative effects of smoking – and increase a patients oral health.