Quitting Smoking? You can do it!
Stop smoking for better oral health (and better overall health as well).
Smoking has many ill effects on a person’s body, but it is especially devastating to oral health. If you smoke, quitting is one of the best decisions you can make.
So, if you’re quitting or thinking about quitting, please don’t hesitate to share that with our team. We’ll happily support and encourage your journey and offer help or advice that may be relevant.
In the meantime, think about all the ways your decision will have a positive impact on your oral health:
One of the most noticeable and immediate effects of smoking is bad breath (halitosis). Besides the short-term smell of the smoke, your breath may suffer over time as bacteria levels increase.
Tar and other chemicals in tobacco can cause dramatic staining with continued use. While this is mainly a cosmetic problem, improving your appearance is a significant benefit of quitting.
The mouth’s soft tissues are susceptible to smoke and nicotine damage. Tobacco use directly exposes mucus membranes to tar and toxins, reducing saliva production. Eventually, this may lead to several other oral problems associated with dry mouth, including increased cavities, periodontal disease, and bad breath.
Periodontal Disease & Gum Recession
Gum health suffers and becomes more susceptible to infection, and infections are slower to heal. Over time, plaque build-up can also lead to gum recession and, eventually, tooth loss.
Smoking & Oral Cancer
Smoking is a known carcinogen, meaning that it causes cancer. Although people immediately associate it with lung cancer, oral cancer is also common. A dentist should investigate any lumps, discolorations, or lesions that don’t seem to heal.
Quit smoking! Your mouth will thank you!