Smoking can cause a myriad of health problems, from your nails to your organs, and your teeth are no exception. Many people are aware of major health problems, like cancer, and totally unaware that it can take a huge toll on their teeth. Here are some of the things every smoker should know about smoking and your dental health.
How Does Smoking Affect Your Smile?
What is one big way smoking and dental health affects your body? Smoking restricts blood flow, so your mouth can easily become a breeding ground for both good and harmful bacteria. Smoking can:
- Give you bad breath
- Increase the amount of time it takes you to heal after oral surgery or dental procedures
- Discolor your pearly whites
- Dramatically increase your chances of getting oral cancer
How Does Tobacco Damage Teeth?
Smoking decreases your body’s ability to protect itself against infection. Coupled with the increases in oral bacteria, this is a dangerous combination that can lead to major problems. Tartar buildup will be a major issue instead of a minor annoyance and visits to the dentist will be costly affairs instead of simple check-ups. Other than the tobacco in cigarettes, the tobacco in smokeless tobacco can also harm your dental health.
Why Is Smoking So Bad for Your Teeth?
Beyond the damage that happens when smoking and your dental health are combined, smoking can totally destroy your teeth. Smokers are much less likely to have seen a dentist in the past five years when compared to non-smokers. They also are four times more likely than non-smokers to have poor dental health.
What Are the Effects of Smoking on Your Teeth?
Your teeth bear a lot of the damage from smoking, and it shows in:
- Yellow or brown teeth
- Bleeding gums
- Tartar or plaque build-up
- Tooth decay
- Dry mouth
Care for the Whole Family from Annapolis Dental Center
Whether you need a tooth extraction or just want to get a dental health check-up, Annapolis Dental Center has the expertise and compassion to work with you to improve your oral health and get you smiling again. Your comfort and health are our top priorities, so we go above and beyond to make our patients happy with the services that they receive. To set up your appointment today, give us a call at (410) 571-5014 or visit us online. For more oral health tips for you and the whole family, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and check us out on Yelp!