How can smoking affect my oral health?
The vast majority are currently mindful that smoking is terrible for their wellbeing. It can cause a wide range of restorative issues and, sometimes, deadly ailments. In any case, numerous individuals don’t understand the harm that smoking does to their mouth, gums and teeth. Smoking can prompt tooth recoloring, gum ailment, tooth misfortune, and in progressively serious cases mouth disease.
Smoking can lead to many different health issues and diseases and, in some instances, these can be fatal. Although most people are aware of the effect that smoking can have on their body and general health, many are unaware of the effects that smoking has on their mouths which include:- stained teeth, bad breath (halitosis), tooth loss, gum disease, loss of taste and smell, reduced blood supply to the mouth, increased build-up of plaque and tartar on your teeth, delayed healing following dental extractions and other oral surgery, increased risk of oral cancer.
How often one should visit a dentist?
It is very important that you take your dentist’s advice and visit them as often as they recommend. As well as checking your teeth, the dentist will check your cheeks, tongue and soft tissues. Any changes in the mouth can be picked up early by visiting your dentist regularly.
How will smoking affect anyone`s gums and teeth?
Smoking tobacco causes a lack of oxygen in your bloodstream, leading to the infected gums not being able to heal. Smoking causes gum disease to progress faster than in non-smokers. Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults.
Risk of developing oral cancer?
Approximately 90% of people with cancer of the mouth, tongue, lips, and throat use or have used tobacco. The risk of developing these cancers significantly increase with the amount of tobacco smoked. People that smoke are six times more likely than non-smokers to develop these cancers. If you notice an ulcer that is not healing or anything suspicious in your mouth then you should contact your dentist or GP.
Caring for your teeth and gums
- Try to quit smoking – speak to your doctor or call Quitline for guidance and support.
- If quitting smoking is too difficult, try and reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke.
- Thoroughly clean your teeth and gums twice a day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride.
- Use dental floss or interdental cleaners every day to clean between your teeth.
- Visit your dentist regularly for advice about the proper care of your teeth and gums at home, early intervention and regular preventive maintenance visits to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
- Avoid having a dry mouth – drink plenty of water and chew sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva production.
- Limit your alcohol intake.