Many people love the effects that smoking tobacco has on their nervous system. It can relax and calm you in stressful times. But smokers can also see an increase in health risks not just to the body, like the lungs, but risks to their oral health as well.
It is not just cigarettes that can negatively impact your oral health, cigars and tobacco filled pipes can have similar affects. This is because smoking actually interferes with normal cell function in gum tissue. This makes smokers more vulnerable to infections occurring in the mouth and wound healing since smoking interferes with blood flow to the gums.
Another negative health impact from smoking occurs with your teeth. Tobacco is notorious for staining tooth enamel and for causing bad breath. To counteract this, smokers often find themselves relying on lozenges and hard candy to mask the breath. This means the teeth and gums are now coated with excess sugar which over time leads to plaque buildup and tartar. When this happens you will be dealing with the increased possibility of gingivitis and gum disease.
As tobacco irritates gum tissue, if a smoker undergoes a dental procedure, after care healing may be impaired, and it can take longer and there is an increased risk of infection.
It is definitely difficult to stop smoking. But the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. If you are a tobacco user and are ready to change your lifestyle, there is hope! There are tobacco cessation programs that may be able to help you. See your doctor if you are ready for a change.
As always, we invite you to call our office at 734-222-9140 if you have any questions or concerns about your oral health. Together we can help you be your healthiest self yet!