Are you a smoker? Have you been wanting to quit? If so, there is no time like the present. Your lungs, body, and smile will all benefit from your victory over this addictive habit.
This is because smoking directly affects your oral health. For example, it lowers blood flow to the gums and reduces vitamin C absorption. Gum tissues need vitamin C to remain in good health. Smoking also raises your oral temperature while killing vital cells. Other harmful effects of tobacco use on your smile include the following:
- Gum recession (this is where gum tissue pulls away from your teeth).
- Slower healing after any type of oral surgery and periodontal therapy.
- Oral cancer.
- Oral lesions.
- Periodontal (gum) disease.
- Staining of the teeth and tongue.
But even smokeless tobacco has risks. It invites gum disease, keratosis of your oral mucosa, staining on the teeth, halitosis, tooth enamel erosion, loss of jaw bone material, decay on tooth roots and even tooth loss. Over time, you can experience trouble chewing, talking, and a reticence to smile.
Our dental specialists at Moundridge Dental support your efforts to quit this habit for your oral health. If you have any questions or are ready to schedule a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Jay Hildreth in Moundridge, Kansas, please call 620-345-2100 today. We are here to help you achieve a healthy smile.