The Oral Health Consequences of Smoking

April 29, 2016 by Dr. Emanuel Blog, Dental Tips

Smoking has many negative consequences, and oral health is one of the more common. Afterall, the mouth is used to inhale the tobacco. If you have been struggling to kick the habit, then perhaps this list of negative oral health consequences will make you think twice about smoking:

• Tooth discoloration: smoking can seriously degrade the quality of your smile by staining the teeth. Along with eating certain types of food, smoking is one of the leading causes of tooth discoloration.

• Bad breath: if your breath has been bad no matter how many oral products you consume it might be the smoking. Keep in mind that a non-smoker can very easily sense the smoking odor, and it’s not an attractive feature.

• Dental surgery problems: smokers have a harder time being successful with dental implant procedures.

• Oral cancer: smoking has been proven to cause cancer, and oral cancer is one of the problems that can develop after prolonged use.

• Jaw: as we age bone mass deteriorates, but as a result of smoking the rate of bone mass loss in the jaw will be accelerated.

• Other oral health problems: smoking is known to be the leading cause of tooth loss and can lead to gum disease.

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