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Effects of Smoking on Your Oral Health

Effects of Smoking on Your Oral HealthMost people are aware that smoking is bad for their health, but not as many are aware that it is just as bad for their dental health. In fact, both smoking and chewing tobacco can damage your oral health. The harmful effects of smoking go far beyond mere bad breath and stained teeth.

If you smoke, some of your senses may be dulled, and healing can be delayed. In fact, you may not even be a candidate for certain dental procedures. You may not heal well or suffer complications after a dental extraction or root canal therapy, and although dental implants are known to be one of the best ways to restore missing teeth, they are not always an option for smokers since the bone may not fuse properly with the implant.

Smokers may also be more prone to gum disease. Gum disease can lead to swollen gums, a receding gumline, loose or shifting teeth and infection below the gumline which can dissolve the jawbone. The condition is not reversible once it has advanced, and treatment in smokers can lead to further complications since their body’s ability to heal can be impaired. The risk of oral cancer is dramatically increased in those who smoke and chew tobacco.

Although kicking the habit can help you protect your dental health, it can be difficult to do. Develop a strong network of supportive friends and family members, develop a plan in writing for quitting, stay active, eat a healthy diet and chew sugar-free gum to keep your mouth busy. Contact our West Hollywood dentist today to learn more about ways to help you quit smoking or to schedule a consultation.

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