You probably know that smoking can have a negative impact on your overall health, but did you know that tobacco use can also have an impact on your oral health? Sadly, issues resulting from tobacco use can actually be quite severe.
Smoking leads to bad breath and stained teeth. If your teeth are yellowed, our team can help you with just teeth whitening and a deep cleaning. Usually, you can address bad breath by caring from your teeth well at home, but nicotine can settle in your mouth. Once this happens, your bad breath could persist until you quit smoking. Smoking also causes dry mouth, which can make bad breath even worse.
Smoking also leads to periodontal disease, which is also referred to as gum disease. While everyone is at risk for this issue, individuals who smoke are much more prone to it. You see, tobacco can cause your gums to separate from the underlying bone, leaving you more vulnerable to infections.
Finally, if you smoke you could also find yourself having to cope with oral cancer. This issue can form anywhere in your mouth, even on your throat or on your lips. This is another reason it’s important for you to visit your dentist regularly. If oral cancer is recognized and addressed quickly, treatments are usually much more effective.
If you’re interested in learning more about the dangers of smoking, please don’t hesitate to contact Cory Williams, DDS at 910-763-1072. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and examine your smile for signs of damage. Our dentist, Dr. Cory Williams and our team are excited to hear from you soon.