When most people think of the harmful effects of smoking, lung cancer comes to mind. While lung cancer is a common consequence of smoking, smoking can also cause significant damage to the teeth. The American Dental Association explains that smoking can lead to stained teeth, bad breath, and a poor sense of taste. Over time, smoking can impair your immune system and make it difficult for you to heal safely and efficiently after surgery.
In addition, smoking is one of the most serious risk factors of gum disease, which leads to tooth inflammation. It can hurt the bone and supporting structures and eventually lead to tooth loss. Smoking can also increase your risk of oral cancer. Unfortunately, oral cancer can become very serious because of the large amount of blood vessels and lymph nodes in the head and neck.
If you are a smoker and are concerned about your oral health, it’s important to speak to a dentist. A dentist can provide you with suggestions on how to quit this bad habit and provide your teeth and gums with the proper care and attention they deserve. Most dentists recommend these tips for smokers:
- Set a date you’d like to quit by.
- Speak to your dentist, doctor, family, and friends to develop a support system.
- Come up with ways to distract yourself every time you have the urge to quit.
- Understand that quitting smoking takes time and there will be obstacles throughout your journey.
Contact Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
We encourage you to contact our office today to learn more about how we can help you quit smoking and improve your oral health and quality of life. Call us at 703-439-1214.